Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

Weah sets world record with Liberia, Nigeria friendly

51-year old father son play for different national teams on same day 51-year old father son play for different national teams on same day
Cassandra Gardner | 14 September, 2018, 05:15

George Weah, Liberia's current president and former worldwide football star, made an unexpected return to a professional football match at age 51. He represented his country 60 times and played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

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.

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

While the match was arranged in his honour, Weah stunned the crowd by leading out his side on Monrovia and the 51-year-old completed 79 minutes of the match.

"Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo scored for Nigeria in the first half, while Liberia reduced the deficit through a penalty kick in the second half when Oluwasemilogo Ajayi handled the ball in the box.

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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.

However, fans were stunned when the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker led the line within the starting XI, almost two decades since announcing his retirement.

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

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

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