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George Weah hails Nigerian football as a 'model'

George Weah hails Nigerian football as a 'model'”

President of Liberia and former World Footballer of the Year George Weah made a surprise return to football in the country's match against Nigeria.

The friendly was organised by Liberia to retire the famous number 14 jersey worn by Weah during his peak but no one expected the man himself to play in the fixture.

The match at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex had been arranged to honour the former Monaco star, but Weah was not expected to take the field.

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.

A live blog of the match reported that in the 38th minute "President Weah sends a fine pass to send a teammate through on goal but the referee correctly calls for offside".

The 1995 World Player of the Year said, "As a young footballer I was always fascinated by Nigerian football stars".

In the encounter, two Nigerians scored their first worldwide goals - Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo - and a third - John Ogu - was named captain for the first time - a tremendous occasion for the trio - but sadly, they recorded the feat against a 51-year-old retired footballer turned Politician.

He also had brief spells with Chelsea and Manchester City before finishing his career in the United Arab Emirates playing for Al Jazira.

His son Tim, also a striker, was raised in NY and Florida before joining the academy at Paris Saint-Germain, where he made his senior debut last season.



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