Liberia President George Weah’s shock return to international football

Liberia president George Weah made a surprise return to international football on 11 September as he turned out against Nigeria just a few weeks before his 52nd birthday.

The former World Footballer of the Year led Liberia’s attack in a 2-1 defeat to the Super Eagles – a friendly arranged to retire the number 14 jersey made famous by the former Chelsea and Manchester City attacker.

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.

Weah had last played an international fixture 11 years ago and he added a 61st cap to his collection.

Unfortunately, he was unable to add to his 22 goals, but he showed glimpses of the quality that saw him become Africa’s first and only Ballon d’Or winner in 1995.

Strangely enough, Weah played at the same time as his son – who was representing the USA in a 1-0 win against Mexico.

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.

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille star Weah is not expected to continue his international career beyond this match.

TNT Sport

Photo Credit: Masila Boniface

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