Like father, like son: George and Timothy Weah play on same day

Silvia Morton
September 14, 2018

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.

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.

Weah, who became the first African victor of the Ballon d'Or in 1995, was elected president of Liberia last December.

Liberia president George Weah played 79 minutes before being substituted.

"We have to find him, expose him to the world and give him the opportunity to actualize his dream", Weah, who was named African, European and World Footballer of the Year in 1995, said.

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"We can not confirm this since our historical records do not include every worldwide friendly that has taken place", a Federation Internationale de Football Association spokesperson told BBC Sport.

Liberia has never qualified for a World Cup but fell just a point short of reaching the 2002 finals with Weah and Debbah to the fore.

Weah enjoyed a trophy-laden career in Europe spanning almost a decade that saw him play for AC Milan in Italy, Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille in France, and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.

Henry Onyekuru is delighted to score his first goal for Nigeria in their 2-1 win over Liberia in a friendly encounter at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium, Monrovia.

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