George Weah Played In An International Friendly Last Night, Aged 51
14 September, 2018, 05:13 | Author: Brenda Erickson
George Weah, President of Liberia and former World Footballer of the Year, made a surprise return to global football in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing for 79 minutes in a 2-1 friendly loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday.
"The match stirred divergent reactions from Nigerians, who wondered why President George Weah and his old team mate, James Debbah played in the global friendly", writes Nigeria's Daily Post.
One of the football analysts with tweeter handle (@biolakazeem) argued that as far as the friendly was concerned, the Liberia President reduced what would have otherwise been another meaningful competitive game to a farce.
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During his stunning career, Weah managed to play for Chelsea, Manchester City, Monaco, Paris St Germain and Marseille.
Reports state that Weah "showed glimpses of the class that made him a household name around the world" and that he received a standing ovation when he was substituted at the 79th minute. I looked up to the likes of Stephen Keshi, Rashidi Yekini, Friday Ekpo and others.
Etebo took the corner from which Simeon Nwankwo headed Nigeria into a 2-0 lead after Henry Onyekuru - on loan at Galatasaray from Everton - had scored the opener.
"Weah and former national teammate, James Debbah, led out the Lone Star against the Super Eagles in a game played in an ambience of warmth, mutual respect and good spirit".
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