President Weah makes surprise return to football against Super Eagles of Nigeria

President Weah makes surprise return to football against Super Eagles of Nigeria

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.

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.

The striker beats the previous oldest player on record - Greece captain Yorghos Koudas, who was 48 when he played his last game in 1995.

Weah, who led the attack and showed glimpses of the class that made him a global star, received a standing ovation from fans when he was substituted with 11 minutes remaining.

The Super Eagles, will on Tuesday evening take on their Liberian counterparts in an global friendly match in Monrovia.

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Weah is the first African Footballer to ever win the prestigious Ballon d'Or (FIFA World Player of the Year) award.

In the encounter, two Nigerians scored their first global 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 career also included stints at Monaco, AC Milan, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Nigeria won the match 2-1 with goals from Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo, and Liberia's Kpah Sherman's penalty late in the game.

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