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Published On: Mon, Apr 9th, 2018

The former Super Eagles player who now drives train in London


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The former Super Eagles player who now drives train in London

The former Super Eagles player who now drives train in London

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Long after retiring from football, a former Super Eagles player Tunji Banjo now drives train in London where he is based.

Banjo is a Nigerian-Irish and played nine times for the Green Eagles-Nigeria’s national team before they were renamed the Super Eagles.

1981 Green EaglesplayTunji Banjo (circled) played nine times for Nigeria (Nigerian Archive )

 

The 58-year-old made his debut for Nigeria in July 1980 in a 1982 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Tunisia.

He played most of his professional career in England with Leyton Orient before a brief spell at AEL Limassol in Cyprus.

Train driver

Long after his football career, Banjo is living a quiet life in London where he drives a train.

The earliest start is 5 am in Northampton which means I leave home at three,” he told Daily Mail.

I’ve been a footballer so I know the difference between that and proper work!

Before he took up the job as a train driver, he had worked as a bus driver, a dustman at his former club Orient and did cleaning at a cricket ground.

Banjo didn’t have the luxury of earning huge sums during his playing days where he had a weekly wage of just £100-a-week at Second Division side.

Tunji Banjo (right)playTunji Banjo was also a second-half substitute in Leyton Orient’s FA Cup semi-final clash against Arsenal in 1978 (Colorsport)

They had an incredible run in the 1978 FA Cup, beating the likes of ChelseaMiddlesbroughand Norwich to get to the semi-final before they were thrashed 3-0 by Arsenal.

Banjo was a second-half substitute in that game.

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