Former Super Falcons Goalkeeper, Rachael Aladi Ayegba, has followed her second passion which is bus driving in the UK.
Ayegba is a popular face in the women football representing Nigeria in the 2007 Women’s World Cup, the 2006 and 2008 African Women’s Championships.
She also had an 11-year spell in Finland, winning the league title in 2013 with PK-35 Vantaa.
She now works for Go-Ahead, a UK bus and train company. She now drives the number 185 between Lewisham and Victoria.
According to Standard UK, the ex-goalkeeper, Ayegba, revealed her passion for bus driving started when she visited London for years on holiday and always admired the double decker buses.
She also revealed how she sees bus drivers as pilots.
Ayegba 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.
“When you are trying to save the ball, you need safe hands. But there are ten others on your side. When you drive a bus, you are on your own.
“Mentally you have to be 100 per cent ready, if you are a goalkeeper the defenders can help you. You can’t make any mistakes driving a bus.”