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Taribo West of Partizan Belgrade watches the game from the stands.
Taribo West of Partizan Belgrade watches the game from the stands.
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Taribo West 12 years older than he let on through career - reports

We’ve all lied about our ages… but 12 years, Taribo?
Apr 4th 2013, 11:55 AM 6,599 11

WELL-KNOWN NIGERIAN footballer Taribo West is around 12 years older than he’s let on throughout his journeyman career, according to one former club president.

West played for the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan and Derby County as well featuring at two World Cups for the Super Eagles.

West is supposed to be 39 years old today but ex-Partizan Belgrade chief, Zarko Zecevic, reckons the defender is at least 50.

“He joined us saying he was 28. We only later found out he was 40, but he was still playing well so I don’t regret having him on the team,”’ Zecevic said. Croatian newspapers also claim West later joined Rijeka saying he was 32 when he was actually 44.

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