Liberian President George Weah makes football comeback aged 51

Weah's son Timothy was in international action for USA on the same day his father turned out for Liberia

Weah's son Timothy was in international action for USA on the same day his father turned out for Liberia

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.

It had been 16 years since Weah's last worldwide football appearance and months after his presidential inauguration.

Weah, who led the attack and showed glimpses of the class that made him a global star, received a standing ovation from fans when he was substituted with 11 minutes remaining.

Weah's son, Timothy, who plays for PSG, was capped by the US last night in an worldwide friendly.

Liberia's President George Weah laughs during a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, April 4, 2018. If he wants to have some fun, he can invite his fellow ex-players to play an exhibition game.

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Nigeria on the other hand fielded a respectable team for the friendly.

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Weah, the first African footballer to win Fifa's World Player of the Year award, featured for 79 minutes of a 2-1 home defeat by Nigeria in Monrovia.

He commending the Federal Government, Nigeria Football Federation and the Super Eagles for the honour done to him on the occasion which was to celebrate his contributions to Liberian football.

However, fans were stunned when the former Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan striker led the line within the starting XI, almost two decades since announcing his retirement.

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