A former Nigerian footballer, now turned pastor, has found himself the butt of jokes after predicting President Donald Trump would win the United States of America’s presidential election.
Pastor Taribo West, who played for Auxerre, Inter Milan and AC Milan in his heydays as a defender, had predicted before the election the Trump would trump the acclaimed winner Joe Biden by a slim margin.
A footage of the prediction was shared on social media prior to the election. But with Biden winning and Trump heading to court to get the victory overturned, the video of the man of the cloth making the prediction have resurfaced and Nigerian have taken to Twitter to mock the former Super Eagles’ central defender.
In the video, Taribo West said he rightly predicted two recent election in the West African nation – the Ondo and Edo governorship poll won by Rotimi Akeredolu and Godwin Obaseki respectively- but his prophecy did not go viral on social media.
He subsequently prophesied that Trump would defeat Biden by a slim margin and asked his supporters to ensure that his prophecy goes viral.
He said, “Before the election in Edo, I said Obaseki would win. Is that true? Did he win? Nobody said it anywhere. Nobody quoted me anywhere. I also said in the Ondo election that Akeredolu would win. Is that true? Did he win? He won.
“Now I want you to put this out the way I want it. Donald Trump will win the election by a slight split edge over Joe Biden. So quote me and I want it to be out before time.”
However, Biden went on to win the election which is now being challenged in court by Trump.
West’s prophecy, however, became a huge subject of debate on social media on Tuesday with many describing him as a false prophet.
@M4micheal tweeted, “He predicted and made it look like God was speaking through him. If Trump had won, his prediction would’ve been right and he would’ve told his congregation that God did it, but God isn’t an author of confusion.”
@infonaija_247, “No, this cannot be Pastor Taribo West, former Super Eagles of Nigeria no nonsense defender. This must be Taribo North.”
“The quest for fame and cheap popularity will make men pride in themselves,” tweeted @amablacknaija.
@mykkel3, “One thing I know about this wrong prophecy was that he wanted to glorify himself after the first two corrected ones, that was why he needed a camera to put it on social media….He forgot that he is not God.”
However, some others argued that it could be too soon to tell if the ex-footballer’s prophecy was false since Trump could prevail in court.
Mazi Oji tweeted, “Is it possible this is coming to pass. With some news flying around (possibly fake though), there are reports of malpractice and all that… That Trump is heading to court. So it is still possible this happens.”
@iam_vicbach, “There are still chances that Trump will win. This is not Nigeria’s election.”
Female African Footballers To Be Protected By New FIFA Rule
At a Congress on Friday, FIFA announced the approval of new rules to protect female footballers, their contracts and careers.
The new rules come with better strategies to allow female football players become mothers without their careers having to pay for it.
President of the world football governing body, Gianni Infantino announced on Friday that the new rule seeks to protect women and also respect their contracts.
The new rule, which is not limited to female African footballers will see a player receive 2/3rd of her salary wh ile she’s pregnant. She will also be accepted back to the team on her return and medical care must be provided for such player.
The rule also says a player will be on a paid 14-week maternity leave, and will also get to keep her job.
Any club that flouts the rules, and fails to pay the player accordingly will be liable to pay a compensation to the player.
The rules also apply to female coaches.
“If we are serious about boosting the women’s game, we have to look at all these aspects, ” Infantino said.
“Female players need to have stability in their careers, and if they take maternity leave, they should not have to worry about when they are ready to play again.”
Mozambican Club Travels 845km To Prosecute Continental Fixture
Mozambique league champions, Costa do Sol have defied the ills of the road to travel 845km to prosecute a continental fixture.
Costa do Sol faced travel hitches ahead of their CAF Champions League clash against Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum.
While the club had secured flight space from LAM, Mozambique’s national airline, the club were forced to dig deep when their travel plans were cancelled by LAM. This was revealed by Maher Mezahi, an Algerian journalist with keen interest in African football.
This ensured the team travelled down to Platinum, located in Zvishavane, Midlands Province of Zimbabwe, Southern Africa.
Costa do Sol is located in Maputo, the Mozambican capital, with their geography bordering mostly on Southern Africa but also may be classed in East Africa.
The team, which lost 2-1 to Platinum in the first leg in Maputo now face an even more Herculean task to overcome their hosts.
Their travel ordeal may be a source of motivation to give the game their all or affect their physical makeup, due to the long journey they had.
CCC: Cameroon’s Alex Song And Djibouti Team Suffer 10-1 Defeat
Former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder, Alex Song’s return to African football is seen by many as a fall from grace.
That he chose to team up with a team in Djibouti, one of Africa’s smallest football nations, has also seen many questioning his desire for competition.
Song has claimed he’s in Djibouti for a purpose but he’s been left clinging on to harsh realities after a heavy defeat in his first competitive appearance.
The former Cameroonian international’s team, Arta/Solar 7 were drubbed 10-1 aggregate by Arab Contractors in the first round of the CAF Confederations Cup.
To add salt on Song’s injury, he scored an unfortunate own goal in the clash.
The Cameroonian is expected to help build Djibouti football in the role and such start must be discouraging to him.
Whether the humiliating defeat will deter Song and his Djibouti side from their ambitious target will be revealed in a matter of time.
The former Rubin Kazan midfielder has previously played in Cameroon, France, England, Spain, Russia and Switzerland before his switch to Solar 7.
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