Ex Super Eagles player, Taribo West, has confessed that he used charms to play matches.
Former Super Eagles defender, Taribo West, has disclosed that he used charms to enhance his performance when he was still playing football.
Taribo West, who was known for his stamina and funny hair style, narrated the ordeal of how he was involved in occultism during his playing days before his encounter with a female pastor, Patience Ikemefuna.
West subsequently turned a new leaf, went ahead to become a pastor and even founded the a church he called Shelter in The Storm Miracle Ministries of All Nations.
The popular ex Super Eagles defender disclosed to Punch that he consulted spiritualists and native doctors to help him play better than his colleagues and even win matches for the country and his various clubs.
Of course yes, I was involved. I don’t know why people decline to talk about their involvement with charms.
Football has to do with a lot of powers. When there are big events, you look at the stadium, you see people, fans invoking all kinds of things; magicians are there, voodooists are there.
In my playing days, when I was ignorant, I used to get some mallams and babalawos (traditional doctors) to make charms for us, which we took to (national) camp. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t.
In some clubs, before every game, the president or leader of the club will give you a lucky charm to play with. They will tell you to put it in your boots or socks and play. It’s their superstitious belief; that it can help them win matches.
There are some coaches who are connected to African magicians and soothsayers from Senegal, Burkina Faso, Zaire or even Nigeria. These people are consulted to give these coaches results of games even before the matches are played.
Taribo West also narrated how he met the woman of God the changed his life for the better.
God used her to change my life and ever since, my life has never been the same. I’m grateful to her.
When I had an encounter with God and I became born again, I discovered that these powers were powerless. It was an avenue to collect money from us. There are lots of voodoo practices in football. If you are not with God, you have to be with the devil; with the devil they come with everything.
About the state of the current Super Eagles, Taribo West said that the team needed a lot of prays. He also claimed that he has taken it as an assignment to prayer for the Nigerian National Team.