Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Super Eagles delight in Weah’s $2,000 each gift

Super Eagles delight in Weah’s $2,000 each gift

The game was in celebration of current Liberian President, former World, European and African Footballer of the Year, George Weah who used the occasion to retire his famous number 14 shirt for Liberia.

Once one of the most feared strikers in world football, George Weah hung up his boots 15 years ago.

As Nigeria play against Liberia today in an global friendly, Mfon Udoh said he was looking forward to a good outing with the Super Eagles. I looked up to the likes of Stephen Keshi, Rashidi Yekini, Friday Ekpo and others.

Weah won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1995, and is the only African to date to ever win the prestigious accolade.

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The Ballon d'Or victor, who is now president of the country, was given the chance to wear his preferred No 14 shirt one last time in a friendly match with Nigeria.

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.

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

His former global teammate James Debbah also played the match which Turkey-based forward Henry Onyekuru and Italy-based striker Simeon Nwankwo scored for Nigeria in the first half while Liberia reduced the deficit through a penalty kick in the second half when Semi Ajayi handled in the box.

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