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George Weah: Liberia president is 'oldest international' ever

George Weah: Liberia president is 'oldest international' ever

Though Tuesday's football match between the senior national teams of Nigeria and Liberia was an global friendly match, but some football analysts have reckoned that the encounter in Monrovia was twisted and apparently reduced to a farce by Liberia's President, George Weah.

The game was arranged so that Liberia could officially retire Weah's old No.14 jersey after the former AC Milan forward was elected as the African nation's new president a few months ago.

It had been 16 years since Weah's last global football appearance and months after his presidential inauguration.

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

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Given he's been the president of Liberia since January, George Weah therefore has the power to make pretty much anything happen in his country; his say is final.

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.

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

Stoke midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and Leicester duo Wilfried Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, who all featured at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, played a part in the fixture as the Super Eagles looked set for a routine victory at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium.