President George Weah Makes Football Comeback

Annette Crawford
September 13, 2018

Media reports said Weah, who led the attack and showed glimpses of the class that made him a household name around the world, received a standing ovation from fans when he was substituted on 79 minutes.

At the age of 51, Liberia President George Weah put his soccer boots back on to feature for his country in an worldwide friendly match. The FIFA recognised game saw the Nigerians beating their West African counterparts by two goals to one in Monrovia.

The President is a former footballer of much acclaim and global repute.

"It was a big motivation to play against him".

Weah even has a son, Timothy, who has chosen to play worldwide football for the United States.

According to reports, the 1995 World Footballer of the Year was delighted that Nigeria presented a strong side, including several players from the recent World Cup in Russian Federation for the game.

Weah, who became the first African victor of the Ballon d'Or in 1995, was elected president of Liberia last December.

On Tuesday evening, he played against Nigeria during a friendly.

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.

Nigeria took a 2-0 lead through Henry Onyekuru and Simon Nwankwo before a late penalty from Kpah Sherman proved to be a mere consolation for Liberia.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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