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Ex-Nigeria International Turns Bus Driver In England

Ex-Nigeria International Turns Bus Driver In England

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 in 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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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 10
  • DON'T MIND THEM 6 months ago

    IT IS NOT A BIG DEAL. HOUSE SECURITY IN U.K IS COLLECTING MORE WEEKLY WAGES THAN BANKERS MONTHLY WAGES IN NIGERIA.
    ***IN YEAR 2019, MIKEL OBI IS PAYING HIS HOUSE SECURITY €4,000 WEEKLY WAGES

     
  • Highstar 6 months ago

    Nice one

     
  • Seriously why make dis an issue, she’s making a living period.
    Secondly, who ever wrote dis story is wasteman

     
  • pompei 6 months ago

    Bus driver no be work?
    There is dignity in labour.
    Better than stealing or begging.

     
  • KangA 6 months ago

    nothing wrong with CSN showcasing the diverse skills of a Nigerian. I have often dreamed of driving a truck myself–real road trains as they are called in Europe and Australia. No big deal.

     
  • Ederekumor A Victor 6 months ago

    Its okay to be a Bus Driver. For me, its about your vision for the profession, your passion aimed at achieving your vision and the desire to serve humanity, while earning a living.

     
  • Jerusalem 6 months ago

    The person who wrote this is a jobless human being, I Jerusalem Okorie has spoken, she is bus driver in London making her money and you are here busy doing nothing

     
  • NaijaEaglesFan 6 months ago

    Those are the kind of journalism practiced only by Nigerians.

     
  • Bashir Haruna 5 months ago

    She is adding income to herself in addition to what she has saved in her career, at 35 she still need to do something in the next 20 years, she is a great lady.

     
  • Francis 5 months ago

    Better than internet fraudulent, human and drug trafficking, which Nigerians are associated with abroad.