AGE CHEAT – Taribo Accused of lying about his age

Partizan chief: Taribo West ’12 years older’ than we thought

Former Nigeria defender Taribo West, who played for Internazionale
and Derby County among other clubs, has been accused of lying about
his age.
West, who retired in 2008, is listed as 39 years old today in his
Wikipedia profile, but former Partizan Belgrade president Zarko
Zecevic, says he has already passed the age of 50. The defender
joined the club in 2002, leaving two years later. But despite the
enormous gap between West’s stated age and his alleged actual age,
Zecevic says he is still glad that he signed the player. “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.
West, Croatian media reports claim, also then tried to join Rijeka some
years later, saying he was 32, but was in fact 44 at the time. He did
not sign for them, but had a brief spell at Plymouth and finished his
career in Iran at Paykan FC, by which time, if Zecevic is correct, West
would have been 46. West was part of Nigeria’s Olympic gold-medal
winning football team of 1996. Several members of that squad,
including Nwankwo Kanu and Jay-Jay Okocha, have been accused of
being many years older than officially stated.


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