Liberia President Weah plays football match 16 years after international retirement

first_imgLiberia president and former World Footballer of the Year George Weah surprised everyone on Tuesday as he lined up for Liberia against Nigeria at the age of 51.Weah Sr, who is just a few weeks away from becoming 52, returned to international competition after a gap of 16 years in Liberia’s 1-2 loss to Nigeria in Monrovia.Liberia had arranged the friendly to retire the number 14 jersey made famous by Weah. However, the fans had no idea that they are going to see the the former striker lead the team onto the pitch wearing the his famous jersey.According to reports in the media, Weah led the attack and still showed glimpses of class that made him a household name around the world in the late 1980s and 1990s. He received a standing ovation from the fans, when he was substituted on the 79th minute.H.E. President @GeorgeWeah retired his Liberia Football National Team #14 jersey yesterday. @Orange_Liberia proud to sponsor this historical event. Coulibaly (@mamadouc7) September 12, 2018Goals from Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo helped Nigeria take a 2-0 lead before the hosts got one goal back through a a Kpah Sherman penalty late in the game.Weah enjoyed a great career in Europe for nearly 13 years, where he played for the likes of Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille in France, AC Milan in Italy and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.He scored a total of 22 goals from 61 appearances for Liberia.He was named the World Footballer of the Year in 1995 and also won the Ballon d’Or in the same year and remains the only African to win either award.advertisementHe was named FIFA World Player of the Year back in 1995At the age of 51, Liberias George Weah returned to international action in a friendly against Nigeria yesterday (@FIFAcom) September 12, 2018Weah’s popularity helped him secure a landslide win last December in Liberia’s presidential elections.Weah’s son Tim is also making a name for himself at Paris Saint-Germain and also represented United States of America in the FIFA U-17 World Cup in India last year.Interestingly, Tim also played on the same day for USA in their 1-0 win over Mexico in an international friendly.last_img

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