George Weah plays as Super Eagles defeat Liberia in friendly

Heather Diaz
September 14, 2018

Liberia President George Weah, 51, has become the oldest global on record after playing against Nigeria on Tuesday, according to a leading group of football statisticians.

On Tuesday evening, he played against Nigeria during a friendly.

The global match in Monrovia was organised to "retire" the number 14 shirt worn by Weah, who was voted world, European and African footballer of the year in 1995.

The 51-year-old, once named African Player of the Century, led the attack, but couldn't recreate the kind of performances that saw him score more than 200 goals, as a strong Super Eagles team ran out 2-1 winners in Monrovia.

Weah won the FIFA World Player of the Year award in 1995, and is the only African to date to ever win the prestigious accolade.

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Weah, a former European footballer of the year, is the only African to have won the Ballon d'Or, Onze d'Or and Federation Internationale de Football Association world player of the year awards.

"Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo scored for Nigeria in the first half, while Liberia reduced the deficit through a penalty kick in the second half when Oluwasemilogo Ajayi handled the ball in the box".

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.

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.

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