Former Manchester United skipper Rio Ferdinand, has revealed that former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, and his Ivorian counterpart, Didier Drogba, added glamour to the English Premier League in their playing days.
Ferdinand, who is in Lagos on a three-day visit on the invitation of Guinness Nigeria for its project ‘Fans Made Of More,’ aimed at discovering football talents, hailed the impact of the duo in the Prem.
“Okocha was one of Nigerian players who added so much glamour to the English Premier League. He lifted the EPL in his days with Bolton with his skill. But my greatest African player in the EPL was Drogba. He made great sacrifices for his club. Drogba always scored late goals, making it impossible for their opponents to equalize. He is a great legend,” the 40-year-old said.
On the Guinness ‘Fans Made Of More’ football project, Ferdinand said: “What is great about this partnership is that Guinness is an iconic brand. This is my second visit to Nigeria, and I must commend the people for their passion for football.”
Ferdinand also spoke on his days at Manchester United saying: “There is big difference between our era and now. Then, even the fans knew who would play, but now, you don’t know who is going to play. Even the manager Jose Mourinho don’t know who will play because of injuries, suspension and others.”
The Managing Director Guinness Nigeria, Baker Magunda, hinted that Ferdinand would be at the stadium to thrill Lagos soccer fans today. “He will also watch the Southampton versus Manchester United match with the fans in the evening.” Magunda stated.