Like father, like son: George and Timothy Weah play on same day

Annette Crawford
September 13, 2018

Liberia arranged the friendly to retire their number 14 shirt, worn by Weah at his playing peak.

The Liberian president, George Weah, on Tuesday featured in an global friendly for his country against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Weah, on his first global appearance in 16 years, led the attack and showed glimpses of the class that made him a household name around the world.

@Khenke_Kenny "President of Liberia George Weah is playing against us, we would have still won if President Buhari played for us".

The last of their two Africa Cup of Nations tournament appearances was 16 years ago.

The match ended 2-1 in favour of Nigeria.


The president reportedly received a standing ovation from the fans when he was substituted in the 80th minute.

Nigeria put out a decent team, including Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi and captain Jon Obi Mikel, but must have been surprised to see the politician running out for the warmup.

He would later move to PSG, where he would become the one and only African player to win the Ballon d'Or in 1995.

The global match in Monrovia was organised to "retire" the number 14 shirt worn by Weah, who was voted world, European and African footballer of the year in 1995.

Henry Onyekuru, who is now on loan at Galatasaray, opened scoring for the Super Eagles, firing into the top corner to make it 1- 0.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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