Liberia's 51-year-old president George Weah makes football comeback against Nigeria

13 September, 2018, 01:02 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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His popularity and achievements as an African footballer helped him secure Liberia presidency in December 2017.

Liberian football great, and the African country's president, George Weah has made his football comeback at the age of 51.

The last of their two Africa Cup of Nations tournament appearances was 16 years ago. He represented his country 60 times and played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

The match at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex had been arranged to honour the former Monaco star, but Weah was not expected to take the field.

Weah was the victor of the 1995 Fifa Player of the Year for his exploits with Paris Saint-Germain.


Alas, Weah didn't manage to add to his global goal tally, but he did last an entirely impressive 79 minutes before being subbed off to a standing ovation.

Nigeria on the other hand fielded a respectable team for the friendly.

Nigeria won the match 2-1 with goals from Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo, and Liberia's Kpah Sherman's penalty late in the game.

In the encounter, two Nigerians scored their first global goals - Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo - and a third - John Ogu - was named captain for the first time - a tremendous occasion for the trio - but sadly, they recorded the feat against a 51-year-old retired footballer turned Politician.

Leicester's Wilfred Ndidi and fellow midfielder Peter Etebo, of Stoke City started while Kelechi Iheanacho featured as a second-half substitute.

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