Weah, 51-Year-Old Liberia President, Plays 79 Minutes Against Super Eagles

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Liberian President, George Weah on Tuesday rewarded the Super Eagles with a cash gift of $2,000-a-man for honouring his invitation for a friendly game to retire his No 14 jersey.

The last of their two Africa Cup of Nations tournament appearances was 16 years ago.

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.

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In his playing days, Weah was an inspiration to young Africans who watched the Liberian in the colours of AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain or even in his twilight at Chelsea.

He played for 79 minutes.

"The match stirred divergent reactions from Nigerians, who wondered why President George Weah and his old team mate, James Debbah played in the worldwide friendly", writes Nigeria's Daily Post. I looked up to the likes of Stephen Keshi, Rashidi Yekini, Friday Ekpo and others. I believe that in Africa, somewhere, there is another Ballon D'Or victor.

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Weah, who scored a landslide victory in presidential elections last December, is the only African footballer to win the world and European awards.

Nigeria took the lead after 12 minutes when Henry Onyekuru found the top corner before Simeon Nwankwo doubled their advantage just after the half-hour mark with a header.

Former Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille star Weah is not expected to continue his worldwide career beyond this match.

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