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President George Weah makes surprise return against Nigeria

President George Weah makes surprise return against Nigeria

Weah won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1995, and is the only African to date to ever win the prestigious accolade.

In what must surely be a first, Weah was deployed in the unlikely role of player/president (surely a footballing first) against the Super Eagles in Monrovia.

Liberia president and former World Footballer of the Year George Weah made a surprise return to worldwide competition in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing in a 2-1 loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday.

A surprisingly strong Nigeria squad found themselves 2-0 up at half-time with Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo scoring the goals.

Liberia then pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 89th minute, but the result seemed unimportant as Weah wandered back onto the pitch after full-time to suck in the adulation one last time.

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He wrote on twitter; "George Weah playing for Liberia is a real joke and disrespectful of the Super Eagles".

On Tuesday evening, he played against Nigeria during a friendly.

Weah's popularity from his playing career saw him secure a landslide run-off win last December in Liberia's presidential elections.

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The former AC Milan striker, sworn in as president in January, received a standing ovation as he was substituted. I thought that was what he did the 800metres walk, so he trained and yet the coach didn't use him?


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