Liberia President Weah makes shock playing return against Nigeria

Liberia President Weah makes shock playing return against Nigeria

Liberia President Weah makes shock playing return against Nigeria

Former World Footballer of the Year George Weah rolled back the years with a surprise appearance for Liberia in their friendly with Nigeria - 16 years after his last global outing.

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

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

Weah played in Liberia, the Ivory Coast and Cameroon before moving to Europe, where his clubs included Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, Marseille and AC Milan.

Weah, a former professional footballer, featured for 79 minutes in the game played in the capital, Monrovia.

Speaking after the exhibition match between the Lone Star and the Super Eagles at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, which the Eagles edged 2-1, Weah revealed that Nigerian Football has always inspired him.

Liberia ended up on the wrong end of a 2-1 defeat - this all coming on the very same night that Weah's 18-year-old son, Timothy, started for the United States of America in their game against Mexico in Nashville. I looked up to the likes of Stephen Keshi, Rashidi Yekini, Friday Ekpo and others.

As well as being named the 1995 World Footballer of the Year, he also won the Ballon d'Or in the same year and remains the only African to win either award.

He commending the Federal Government, Nigeria Football Federation and the Super Eagles for the honour done to him on the occasion which was to celebrate his contributions to Liberian football.

The Everton loanee found the top right corner to open the scoring for Gernot Rohr's men before Simeon Nwankwo sealed the victory to crown an impressive first-half performance.

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