By Jacob Ajom
Former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West who was rumoured dead last week ‘resurrected’ at the Eko Hotel and suites Wednesday, where FC IfeayiUbah and West Ham FC of London signed a partnership deal which will see the two clubs exchange programmes and personnel from time to time.
Taribo said he had forgiven the rumour mongers as God uses such stories to bless his people. “By those stories, they have told me I would live long and take part in my own celebration”, Taribo said.
The 2002 World Cup star however, took time off to speak on this weekend’s World Cup cracker between Zambia and Nigeria and he warned the Super Eagles to be wary of Zambia. ‘’They are a crafty side with very intelligent forward line,’’ he warned.
Taribo added that the Zambian team he saw against Kenya, in their 2017 AFCON qualifier were an organised side with a very ambitious attacking force. ‘’They’re fast and good in their movement,’’ he added, cautioning the Eagles back line to watch it.
‘’However,’’ Taribo said, ‘’l believe we have an advantage, in terms of experience and personnel in Mikel and Musa. We have the stars that can dim them. If our players can reinvent the spirit they exhibited against Tanzania, then they can beat Zambia in their own backyard,’’ Taribo said.
He lamented the team’s inability to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations back-to-back and said it was sad. “They have to qualify for the World Cup. Should they fail, then the NFF would have no business being there any more. They must quit if that happens because they would have nothing to offer Nigerians again.”