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Weah sets world record with Liberia, Nigeria friendly

14 September, 2018, 05:12 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Speaking after Tuesday night's exhibition match between the Lone Star and the Super Eagles at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex in Monrovia, which the Eagles edged 2-1, Weah, a former World Footballer of the Year, revealed that Nigerian Football has always inspired him.

Even though he retired 15 years ago and he's quickly approaching 52 of years of age, he played 79 minutes in the 2-1 defeat. The FIFA recognised game saw the Nigerians beating their West African counterparts by two goals to one in Monrovia.

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

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

Former AC Milan player George Weah in Switzerland in 2014.

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

George Weah rolled back the years with an appearance for Liberia on the same day son Timothy turned out for the United States. As expected, his every touch and movement were reportedly greeted with cheers and jubilation form the home fans.

In the encounter, two Nigerians scored their first global goals - Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo - and a third - John Ogu - was named captain for the first time - a tremendous occasion for the trio - but sadly, they recorded the feat against a 51-year-old retired footballer turned Politician.

Nigeria had fielded a relatively strong side for the game, with Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi featuring as a second-half substitute.

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