Ex-Nigeria International Turns Bus Driver In England

December 9, 2021
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Former Super Falcons of Nigeria goalkeeper Rachael Ayegba is now a bus driver in London, England.

Ayegba was a member of the Falcons team at the 2007 Women’s World Cup.

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She was also part of the squad to the 2006 and 2008 Women’s Africa Cup of Nationals and had an 11-year stint as a pro in Finland, winning the league title in 2013 with PK-35 Vantaa.

The former shot stopper, who is in the middle of a year’s training, now drives the number 185 between Lewisham and Victoria.

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The 35-year-old who moved to England in 2018, says she had visited London for years on holiday and always admired the double decker buses.

She works for Go-Ahead, the bus and train giant that operates about a fifth of the capital’s buses on behalf of TfL.

She reckons driving a bus and playing in goal have a lot in common, which is about safety first and about not making a mistake.

“When you are trying to save the ball, you need safe hands. But there are ten others on your side,” she was quoted on Evening Standard.

“When you drive a bus, you are on your own.”

“Mentally you have to be 100% ready, if you are a goalkeeper the defenders can help you. You can’t make any mistakes driving a bus.”

On the issue of bus drivers not getting enough respect, she said:“They don’t. I think we just see a bus driver as a nobody. I see them more like a pilot, if anything goes wrong, it’s on them. Now I’ve done the training, the people I respect most, after my family, are the drivers.”

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