President George Weah Makes Football Comeback

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Liberia president and former world footballer of the year George Weah made a surprise return to global football Tuesday at the age of 51 in a 2-1 friendly defeat by Nigeria.

Weah, the first African footballer to win Fifa's World Player of the Year award was sworn in as president in January, received a standing ovation as he was substituted.

"We have to find him, expose him to the world and give him the opportunity to actualise his dream", a statement by Olajire quoted Weah, African, European and World Footballer of the Year in 1995 as saying.

According to reports, the 1995 World Footballer of the Year was delighted that Nigeria presented a strong side, including several players from the recent World Cup in Russian Federation for the game.

According to reports, the president showed glimpses of his quality as he led his country's attack.

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Both men represented Liberia at the 1996 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, the only times the West African country has contested the continent's greatest football showpiece.

Wenger, who left Arsenal last year, spotted Weah's talent while Monaco manager all of 30 years ago and brought him the principality in 1998.

He also had brief spells with Chelsea and Manchester City before finishing his career in the United Arab Emirates playing for Al Jazira.

The not serious friendly which ended 2-1 in favour of the Eagles saw Weah played for 79 minutes and also retired his number 14 jersey that he wore in his football days.