Weah Plays For Liberia In Friendly
Liberia president and former World Player Of The Year, George Weah played 79 minutes of an international friendly on Tuesday. His appearance came on the same day that his son Timothy Weah played in an international for the United States.
Weah, 51, played in a special friendly match with Nigeria arranged by Liberia to celebrate the retirement of his iconic number 14 shirt. The former AC Milan and Manchester City player retired from club football in 2003 although he continued to play international football until 2007. The politician was making his 61st appearance for his country.
Liberia were beaten 2-1 by a strong Nigeria side that included Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho and Stoke City midfielder Peter Etebo. Henry Onyekuru – on loan at Galatasaray from Everton – and Simeon Nwankwo gave Nigeria the lead before Kpah Sherman pulled a goal back for the Liberians with a late penalty.
Weah was given a standing ovation when he was substituted. His entry into politics resulted in him being sworn in a Liberia’s president in January of this year.
Meanwhile, Weah’s son Timothy Weah played 89 minutes of the United States’ 1-0 victory over Mexico in Nashvile. The 18-year-old Paris Saint-Germain striker – who was born in New York City – made his fifth international appearance for the US mens’ team as they defeated a Mexican side who played the last quarter of the game with ten men.
It is thought to have been the first instance where a father and son have played for different countries on the same day.