Former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West has revealed how he and his teammates smuggled Nigerian and foreign women into the Super Eagles camp during their playing days, 36Naija reports.
The former Super Eagles centre-back who turned pastor after retirement from football sensationally revealed that sneaking girls into camp was very rampant during his era as a Super Eagles player.
He also added that the reason why he could say it at this moment is that he is now a born-again Christian.
Sometimes we (the players) will import ladies from other countries and keep them in different hotels. As the competition progressed, more ladies would keep coming and going. It’s something we all did but my teammates won’t talk about it. I can talk about it now because I’ve given my life to Christ,” Taribo told Sports Extra.
“We normally kept the girls in different locations, but once everyone was asleep, around 2am, we would bring them into our hotel rooms. It happened in every tournament we competed in, from the Africa Cup of Nations to the World Cup.
“We had a teammate who the other players waited for to bring in his girl first, because he always had fine women. Once we saw the shape and height of his girl, we would call our own boys to go out and negotiate for girls more beautiful than this player’s own. It was more like a competition for women amongst us then.
“We had crazy guys in the team but there was discipline, that’s why we had to sneak the ladies into camp.”
Taribo West was globally known for his colourful and unusual hairstyles during his era as a footballer. He has played for French side, AJ Auxerrebefore going to play for Italian sides, A.C Milan and Inter Milan.
Taribo also appeared in top-flight football while playing for Derby County in England and Kaiserslautern in Germany.
In the international scene, he won gold at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games with the Nigeria U-23 side. At the senior level, he had 42 caps for Nigeria from 1994 and 2005, he played at the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups and the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.