Video: President George Weah, 51 returns in international friendly against Nigeria
London, September 12, 2018 (AltAfrica)-Liberia president and former World Player of the Year George Weah made a surprise return to international football when playing in a 2-1 loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday.
The friendly match had been arranged to retire the No 14 shirt, which Weah wore during his playing peak, but fans were left in shock when the striker led the national team onto the pitch wearing it instead.
Weah enjoyed a career in Europe spanning nearly a decade and a half and earned 60 caps representing Liberia.
His popularity from his playing career saw him secure a landslide run-off win last December in the country’s presidential elections.
The 51-year-old’s football comeback in Monrovia on Tuesday also happened to fall on the same day that his son Timothy Weah represented the USA against Mexico
Media reports said Weah, who led the attack and showed glimpses of the class that made him a household name around the world, received a standing ovation from fans when he was substituted on 79 minutes.
Goals from Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo helped Nigeria to a 2-0 lead before the hosts pulled one back through a Kpah Sherman penalty late in the game