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    James Johnson: 'My struggles as an intersex footballer'
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    James Johnson, born intersex, was called up to the Nigerian national women's team.
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    Nigerian forward James Johnson , who was born intersex, began a career as a female footballer, then named Iyabode Abade.

    He was called up to the Nigerian women's national team, but was dismissed from The Squad after they discovered he was intersex.

    After a series of incidents on and off The Pitch , at the age of 19, Abade decided to undergo surgery and changed his name to James Johnson .

    He has since played for men's teams in Nigeria's top division but says that he has faced discrimination at all levels of The Game .

    "Intersex" is a term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with sexual anatomy that does not fit typical definitions of female or male.

    In Nigeria, and across The World , people with intersex traits can face severe stigma. 's Onyinye Chime went to meet Johnson and heard his story.

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