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Liberia President Weah makes surprise return to football match against Nigeria

14 September, 2018, 05:11 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • George Weah made a stunning return to action for Liberia at the age of 51

However, the 51-year-old was offered the chance to pull on the boots again to mark the retirement of the number 14 shirt he famously wore for his country.

The Liberian president, George Weah, has hailed Nigeria as a great and worthy ally in national development and also described Nigerian football as a model that he would want his country to follow.

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

Weah is the first African Footballer to ever win the prestigious Ballon d'Or (FIFA World Player of the Year) award.

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

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A surprisingly strong Nigeria squad found themselves 2-0 up at half-time with Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo scoring the goals.

"We have to find him, expose him to the world and give him the opportunity to actualize his dream", Weah, who was named African, European and World Footballer of the Year in 1995, said.

Weah enjoyed a career in Europe spanning almost a decade and a half that saw him play for Monaco, PSG and Marseille in France, Milan in Italy and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.

His popularity and achievements as an African footballer helped him secure Liberia presidency in December 2017.

Wenger, who left Arsenal last year, spotted Weah's talent while Monaco manager all of 30 years ago and brought him the principality in 1998.

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