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Nigeria’s first mix raced football player at national level. Tunji Banjo, a midfielder with Leyton Orient first played for the Green Eagles

In September 1980!

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

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 (sic – where he drives a train.

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

On the trains, he occasionally sees famous football names like Paul Ince on board. He recognises them, but they haven’t a clue who he is and he keeps quiet.

He is waiting to see if his next shift pattern puts him on earlies or lates but is devoid of jealousy or bitterness. ‘I am still totally into football,’ he says. ‘I’m not one of those who thinks ‘If only’. I had my time and that’s how things were in those days.’

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.

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