My Father Wanted Me To Be A Roadside Mechanic – Taribo West

IBARAKI, JAPAN - JUNE 02: FUSSBALL: WM 2002 in JAPAN und KOREA, Ibaraki, 02.06.02/Match 7, GRUPPE F/ARGENTINIEN - NIGERIA (ARG - NGA) 1:0, Taribo WEST/NGA (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West, has narrated the challenges he faced before becoming a successful footballer.

West, who went on to play for the likes of Inter and AC Milan in an illustrious career said that his father who earlier opposed his ambition to become a footballer, wanted him to be a roadside mechanic.

“My journey to being a world-famous soccer player wasn’t easy. The war started right from my father’s house in far-away Port Harcourt, some decades ago. My father actually wanted me to be a roadside mechanic,” he said.

West spoke in Lagos during an occasion to honour him with Lifetime Achievement award, by a Lagos-based media company, Our Moment Newspaper.

He added the his mother opposed his father, saying, “My mother resisted strongly. She begged and begged him to allow me have, at least, a secondary school education, but he refused.

“The struggle led me to running away from my father’s house in Port Harcourt, many years ago, at a very tender age, to Lagos, and there stated my struggles”.

The former Enugu Rangers player was honoured alongside other distinguished Nigerians.

Nollywood actor, Segun Arinze; newscaster, entertainer and actor, Jide Alabi; immediate past President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Fred Amata; immediate Past Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Lagos State Council, Dr. Qasim Akinreti; Chairman, Photojournalists Association of Nigeria (PJAN), Abiodun Ajala; and 39-year-old presidential aspirant ahead of 2023 and CEO of e-pay Limited, Victor Ani-Laju were also honoured at the event.

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