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Next United Captain – Chief Fiwagboola

Rio Ferdinand Chief FiwagboolaManchester United have been without club captain, Gary Neville, throughout the 2007-2008 season. This didn’t stop United from going on to win the League title and European Cup double, with Wes Brown deservedly being offered an improved contract after great displayers in our defence.

Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand have shared the captaincy responsibilities this season, with Rio getting one hand on lifting the European Cup after playing as our captain in Moscow.

With Gary Neville’s United career put under a shadow because of his reoccurring injuries and Giggsy set to play in fewer games due to his age and declining form, Ferdinand is likely to start next season as our captain. He is also the favourite to take on the England captaincy under new manager Fabio Capello.

He has come along way since the contract talk deadlock which ensued in 2005, after returning from his 8 month ban for a drugs ban, in terms of his performances, attitude and relationship with the fans. The move to make him permanent captain will be welcomed by most reds.

So, step up Chief Fiwaboogla.

Ferdinand is currently in Lagos, Nigeria, promoting education through football and is planning on building an academy. King Akiolu conducted a ceremony today, making Rio a Chief, believing that our defender can inspire the youth in his country. Akiolu showed up in a United shirt, with Rio’s name and number on the back, as well as a United scarf.

Rio has been given the name Chief Fiwagboola, meaning ‘character maketh wealth’.

“I’m a little embarrassed to be named a Chief, I’m not sure I’m worthy,” said Ferdinand. “It’s something to tell the lads. I’m sure they’ll be very happy to call me Chief.”

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  1. jimmy Bob says:

    yes he should be capt, he is a world class player he is becoming a real leader, he has cut out his silly mistakes and the guy is rarely injured

  2. chrispus says:

    As a die hard fan of Rio, i was wonderin how to call him next season. Captain obviously… but i think CHIEF will do just fine. SO RIO IS THE CHIEF OF MANCHESTER UNITED.

  3. Joe Ekesi From Nigeria says:

    Its heartwarming to hear more positive news from our beloved club after ronnie bitchy embarassing attitude. I cant wait until pre – season when all man Utd players would be in Nigeria(hopefully Ronaldo too).

  4. Manuxtreme says:

    He has improve loads this season, compared to his early days he is more composed and makes far fewer mistakes. I think it has to do with the superb partnership he has had with Vidic more than anything. Before we had defenders who didn’t really fit well alongside Rio. With Vidic, both of them complement each other, doubling their strengths and countering each other’s weakness.

  5. Gary says:

    I would definitely welcome the news if Rio was named full time captain. The last 2 seasons, especiallt this year I think he has been the best centre back in the world. I could count the bad games hes had in the last few years on one hand, infact the only bad game I remember him having was against City this year but then again the whole team was awfull that day. He has as you say won over the United fans and you have to applaude him for that. Great to see him sign a new deal aswel and commit himself to the club, thats the kind of commitment we like to see, if only a certain individual could follow suit and sign up like Evra, Carrick, Wes, Vidic and Rio.

  6. Phoenixred says:

    My first comments didn’t get posted for some reason, but anyway anyone know more on this Davide Petrucci guy who United just signed, the news is on the telegraph, can’t post links.

  7. Tom F says:

    If Gaey Neville was back in the side on a regular basis, playing good, reliable football week in week out like he used to, then I’d like to see him captain.

    I do believe that Rio will be the captain after that followed by Wayne Rooney.

    All of which will be deserved.

  8. John says:

    hail to the chief!


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