Former Super Eagles defender Taribo West has received series of messages from Inter Milan, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) and other well wishers as he turns 46.

As the former Auxerre player becomes a year older,  Goal.com reports that he has been hailed and sent heartfelt messages by his former club inter Milan and the African football governing body, CAF.

In his active days in football, Taribo was famous for his solid defensive performances and colourful hairstyles.

West who is now a pastor, started his European career with Auxerre in 1993, having played for Nigerian sides Obanta United, Sharks, Enugu Ranger and Julius Berger.

West also  played as a center-back, spent four years with Auxerre, where he won the French championship and Cup titles before leaving for Italy to team up with Inter Milan and featured in 44 league games during his two-year stay with the Black and Blues.

West joined rivals AC Milan  In 2000, and spent one season with the side, including a loan spell in England with Derby County.

Before his retirement the talented Super Eagles legend also featured for FC Kaiserslautern in Germany, Partizan, Al-Arabi, Plymouth Argyle and Paykan.

West has also made history on the international scene, grabbing 42 caps for the Nigeria national team after making his debut against Sweden in May 1994.

West was not left out when Nigeria won the 1996 Olympic gold medal after playing a key role as the Super Eagles finished as runners-up and third at the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations respectively.