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During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Jidefido(m): 2:01am On Sep 20, 2015
Former Super Eagles defence strongman, Taribo West made a shocking confession recently. He revealed that during his football career days he used juju to play on the field.

The ex-footballer turned pastor said he had a manager from Senegal and his manager would take him to several native doctors in Senegal where they will cut his tongue, hands and legs and then cook it.

“I spend most of my time at home meditating. All I want to do is to keep spreading the gospel. In my own little way, I have been into evangelisation visiting places like Ughelli and within the Orile community, Ajegunle and so on. God has been kind during these visits to preach the gospel to people who are yet to receive Christ. We believe He will take us globally very soon,” Taribo said.

It will be recalled that Super Eagles attacker, Brown Ideye came out and advised African players to stop using juju to enhance their playing prowess.

“Your background experience counts. We turn to God to give us direction. I’m happy how far He has taken us.

“The gospel is for the poor, rich and noble. Part of the gift God gave me is to reach out to the downtrodden. It is good if you can reach out to the downtrodden, preach the gospel to them and try to meet some of their needs through humanitarian services. I’m grateful to God for using me to spread the gospel across to these people,” he said.

On getting to Europe, Taribo would find himself entangled in another life of charms and superstitious beliefs.

A move from Auxerre to Milan saw him playing for rivals AC and Inter — one of few players to achieve the feat — in a three-year stint in Italy.

With a new-found life of affluence, the big defender paid huge sums of money for him to be supplied charms to win games, protect him from career-threatening injuries and also to be foretold the results of matches before they were played.

The 1998 UEFA Cup winner used to burn candles and hold a magical stone from Israel before games but he is bewildered that people are reluctant to publicly identify themselves with the practice, saying players and officials are deeply involved in the act.

Taribo said, “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.

“These people see strange things and they can tell you with their magic and charms, what the outcome of a match will be. People believe and use it. It works for those who believe in it. I saw it, I experienced it, I was with players that used it and I used it. So, why are people denying it? There are charms and rituals in football. It still exists.”

When Patience Ikemefuna, an evangelist who lives in America paid Taribo a visit in Milan, it marked a new phase in the 1996 Olympic Games gold medallist’s life.

Ikemefuna was perplexed when she discovered that Taribo was deeply involved in occultism. There were charms in his wardrobe and other parts of his apartment. Even though her host resisted initially, she convinced him and after several praying sessions, Taribo gave his life to Christ.

Today, even though they are not biologically related, he refers to Ikemefuna as “my sister.”

“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,” he added.

What is the difference between life in Christ and one filled with charms?

“You can’t compare,” he said. “When I was living that ignorant life, I was in darkness. In the darkness, the devil can give you what God can also give you, but he will give you without joy and peace. Eventually, you will end up in sorrow. But when you experience the joy of Christ, it adds no sorrow.

“The joy of the Lord is not only my strength; it gives me everything I need in life. The love of Christ comes with freedom, success, favour, expansion and a better life. When you have all these, you have everlasting peace. That is why I am comfortable today and I’m happy how God has seen me thus far.”

But being a pastor doesn’t mean he is free from temptations. In fact he realises that there are even tougher battles to fight as a cleric.

“Temptation is permanent; it’s there every hour, every day but if you begin to study the Bible, there are principles that God has laid down for us. If you follow this, the devil will not keep you.

“From my house to the bus stop, I may see a young girl not properly brought up, dressed half- naked walking on the streets. You will see temptation right there. But you have to pray for God’s grace to overcome the temptation.”

After a career that has seen him play football in Nigeria, France, Italy, England, Germany, Yugoslavia, UAE and Iran, Taribo has seen it all and aptly names his church a shelter.

He added, “We told ourselves to fast and ask God for a name for the ministry. In the process, a sister came up and said a voice told her that we should call the ministry Shelter in The Storm Miracle Ministries. That’s how we got the name.

“During my journeys, God created a shelter for me and transferred me into that fold. There are lots of natural disasters everywhere in the world in these last days. There are crisis in Asia; there is terrorism and sectarian groups springing up. People are migrating from all over the world to Europe because of fear. In the midst of all these, God has created for everyone a shelter, where everything in your life will be restored again.”

Even though he is no longer actively involved in the game, which gave him the good life and saw him resident in some of the world’s biggest cities, the Super Eagles — with whom he played two World Cups and two Africa Cup of Nations — is still very dear to Pastor Taribo West.

“We need to pray for the team and I have taken it as an assignment to pray for the team. The national team is part of my body, it’s my family.”

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by 1miccza: 2:08am On Sep 20, 2015
Hmmm thought it was just in Nigeria alone na wa oo

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Zabilon007(m): 2:38am On Sep 20, 2015
Shet....why Mikel own no dey work¿..... Cristiano and Messi must hook Me up with their source of juju.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by ChiSun27(m): 2:49am On Sep 20, 2015
Thank God you have found Christ Jesus because a life without Him is a wasted life. Welcome to the fold of eternal peace.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by menix(m): 3:01am On Sep 20, 2015
No wonder he did look like a deity then..



This msg is not jst 4 footballers, but YOU, yes YOU who use voodoo to make FP nd FTC everyday, God is watching u..


Lalasticlala kindly lala this thread.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by akunjohn(m): 3:17am On Sep 20, 2015
Hmmn,this is an eye opener to me.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Gboliwe: 3:39am On Sep 20, 2015
Even that his ministry will still have juju back up. I don't trust all these juju worshippers.

Shelter in the now ministries, that name surely rings a bell. Just can't place it now.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by sentaljohn(m): 3:49am On Sep 20, 2015
you can't take juju from Africans.. but wot I don't understand is how whites believe in juju

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Webbet(m): 3:52am On Sep 20, 2015
No wonder

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by permsec: 9:04am On Sep 20, 2015
U dont use juju sir, U are the juju itself.

See ur face like assistant baphomet!

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Nobody: 9:31am On Sep 20, 2015
No wonder he was able to win 4 Ballon D'or awards during his playing days though he was just a central defender.

This is the sort of bullshit lies they concort as confession or testimonies for churchgoers every time and most people eat it hook, line and sinker! Lubbish! angry


Friedplantain

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Sweetcollins: 9:31am On Sep 20, 2015
Pastor

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by okooloyun1(m): 9:31am On Sep 20, 2015
It's well
Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Pavore9: 9:31am On Sep 20, 2015
Confession time... cheesy

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Dottore: 9:31am On Sep 20, 2015
Hmm

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by tobtap: 9:32am On Sep 20, 2015
we know

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by yorke1: 9:32am On Sep 20, 2015
Interesting...you used juju and still did not win the world cup or nation cup.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by NifemiOlu(m): 9:32am On Sep 20, 2015
Unfortunately for African players, juju doesn't know how to play football.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by ednut1(m): 9:32am On Sep 20, 2015
even with juju u no still become world best reminds me of the zaire team that went to 74 world cup with juju, yet got thrashed mercilessly grin

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Demmocrats(m): 9:32am On Sep 20, 2015
Things of the devil doesn't last



That's why he faded so easily during his playing days

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Emekamex(m): 9:33am On Sep 20, 2015
Nigerians and juju. Nawa o!

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by LMAyedun(m): 9:33am On Sep 20, 2015
And we dint win the Worldcup??
That means the Juju was useless then.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by hisgrace090: 9:33am On Sep 20, 2015
Thank you pst taribo for confessing your past. any one that hate you for doing this is also using juju. jesus is Lord.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Hadone(m): 9:33am On Sep 20, 2015
HE EVEN LOOKS LIKE JUJU HIMSELF

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Skywalker5(m): 9:34am On Sep 20, 2015
how did the Juju help his football career?Its not that he was as good as Messi or Ronaldo when he was using the juju

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by free2ryhme: 9:34am On Sep 20, 2015
When devil gives u one he takes a hundred

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by noeloge82(m): 9:34am On Sep 20, 2015
Hmmmmmmmmmmm deris GOD. O
Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by HAH: 9:34am On Sep 20, 2015
Keshi and TB Joshua comes to mind



Keshi and some players were openly praising TB joshua after their success at AFCON 2013 instead of giving all glory to God.

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Re: During My Playing Days, I Used Juju – Taribo by Nobody: 9:34am On Sep 20, 2015
wow that's nice .... the juju is coming back to u now with hot poverty ..... nothing goes for nothing

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