President Weah Makes Surprise Return To Football Against Super Eagles Of Nigeria

Liberia's president has dusted of his boots before. Here he is playing a friendly football match between Weah All Stars team and Armed Forces of Liberia team two days ahead of his inauguration

Fans were shocked to see the former World player of the year lead his team onto the pitch, 16 years after his last appearance.

Former Fifa World Player of the Year and current president of Liberia, George Weah, played for his country in an worldwide friendly on Tuesday against Nigeria, despite being 51.

Liberian football great, and the African country's president, George Weah has made his football comeback at the age of 51. "We want to win any match we play", he maintained.

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George Weah had a successful career as a footballer which started from his country before moving to Europe where he played for Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan, Chelsea and Marseille among others before his retirement in 2003.

However, there was still time for a nervy finale as Rotherham centre-back Semi Ajayi handled in the penalty area, which was converted to halve the deficit with three minutes remaining, but Nigeria held on.

Government offices in Liberia were reportedly closed by 3 o'clock PM on Tuesday as officials trooped to the SKD, with majority wearing the iconic #14 jersey to watch the match, which some described as an "historical moment".

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"Weah revealed that as a people, Liberians look up to Nigeria's pedigree in the round leather game and will work hard to get there".

Fifteen years after retiring from football, Liberian President George Weah made a return to the pitch on Tuesday night, September 11, as he captained his nation against Nigeria in an global match.

According to reports, the 1995 World Footballer of the Year was delighted that Nigeria presented a strong side, including several players from the recent World Cup in Russian Federation for the game.

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The match is in celebration of Liberian President, former World Footballer of the Year George Oppong Weah. Henry Onyekuru, an Everton player on loan at Galatasaray, was the one to put Nigeria ahead.

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