Liberian President George Weah returns to Football in match against Nigeria

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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.

Liberian president, George Oppong Weah, was the captain of the opposing side.

Weah, a former world footballer of the year and African footballer of the year, said that Nigerian football had always inspired him.

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.

President George Weah rolled back the years when he laced his boots again to play for Liberia in a 2-1 defeat against Nigeria.

Weah enjoyed a career in Europe spanning almost a decade and a half that saw him play for Monaco, PSG and Marseille in France, Milan in Italy and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated the Lone Star of Liberia 2-1 in Tuesday's exhibition game played at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium, Monrovia. I believe that in Africa, somewhere, there is another Ballon D'Or victor.

He would later move to PSG, where he would become the one and only African player to win the Ballon d'Or in 1995.

After the game, Liberian football authorities retired jersey number 14, which was worn by Weah during his footballing peak.

"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".

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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