Former Super Eagles player turned Pastor, Taribo West has revealed that he became a clergy after God appeared to him one-on-one.
West made the revelation during a chat with BBC on Saturday.
The former Inter Milan star, who is the founder of Shelter in the Storm Miracle Ministries of All Nation, explained how he met God.
“Why would I switch from being a footballer to becoming a pastor? I saw God one-on-one. That’s where my transition started; From the field to the pulpit.
“We were celebrating. In the middle of that, a woman stumbled into me and said: ‘Sir, please may I know your name?’ I said: ‘I am Mr No name’. She said: ‘May I know where you live?’ I said: ‘I live nowhere.’ She left with annoyance.
“In the twinkle of an eye, I just heard an audible voice. And it came like a slap. It said: ‘Switch, turn.’ I turned. It said: ‘Look at the woman. Look for her now and call that woman and apologise to her. I said that to you.’ That can only be a voice from God.
“So I switched, like a Robocop, I start searching for the woman, and when this sister came all the way from America, she told me a lot of prophecies. And she told me in the next one or two years; I would open a church. All the prophecies she gave me came to pass,” added the Atlanta ’96 gold medalist.
West represented Nigeria at two FIFA World Cups in France 1998 and Korea/Japan 2002.
He featured at two Africa Cup of Nations; in 2000 co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria and the 2002 edition in Mali.