George Weah comes back from retirement to play for Liberia in friendly

George Weah comes back from retirement to play for Liberia in friendly

The Liberian president, George Weah, on Tuesday featured in an worldwide friendly for his country against the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

Some 15 years after retiring from the game, the striker laced up his boots and put on his No 14 shirt to play 80 minutes of his country's 2-1 loss in a friendly to Nigeria.

The last time Liberia and Nigeria played, at senior level, was in 2001 during the Federation Internationale de Football Association 2002 World Cup qualifier.

On Tuesday, years after his last global performance, the Liberian President led his national team onto the pitch wearing the jersey.

As well as being named the 1995 World Footballer of the Year, he also won the Ballon d'Or in the same year and remains the only African to win either award.

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Liberia's President George Weah laughs during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, April 4, 2018.

Nigeria took a 2-0 lead through Henry Onyekuru and Simon Nwankwo before a late penalty from Kpah Sherman proved to be a mere consolation for Liberia.

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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.

Although a footballing legend in Liberia and, indeed, Africa, Weah is now the leader of his country after winning 60 per cent of the popular vote in December's election.

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