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By unknown | Jun 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

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Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand is expected Lagos tomorrow morning on a mission to offer a helping hand in the development of the beautiful game.

Ferdinand is in Nigeria this weekend in as a special guest to the state's governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola.

The English star will also have a meeting with Fashola and his executive on issues relating to the development of the game in the West African country.

He made known his intention to visit Lagos before the end of the year after presenting an autographed Manchester United shirt to Fashola through one of the governor's representatives in England two months ago.

On Saturday, Ferdinand will conduct coaching clinics for local youngsters and a seminar for administrators at the local stadium.

On Sunday, he will watch a one-day soccer tournament where the champions will win a trip to a training camp with experts in Brazil. The runners-up will get an all-expenses-paid trip to South Africa, host of the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 World Cup.

In the evening, Ferdinand will have a get together with supporters of the Red Devils in Lagos.

Ferdinand was initially scheduled to visit Lagos this past weekend, but the trip was postponed because of the international matches against the United States Trinidad and Tobago.

Ferdinand and his United team mates are still on cloud nine after ending the season with a bang by winning the England Premiership and European Champions League titles.

Meanwhile, media reports from Nigeria are that the Red Devils are likely to play a friendly match against Portsmouth, the newly crowned FA Cup champions, at Abuja Stadium next month.

Portsmouth, have Nigerian national team captain Nwankwo Kanu in their team.

An official announcement regarding this match will be made sometime this week.

United will also be coming to South Africa during the off-season to take part in the Vodacom Challenge, where they will face Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.


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