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President Weah makes surprise return to football against Super Eagles of Nigeria

President Weah makes surprise return to football against Super Eagles of Nigeria

Liberia president and former World Footballer of the Year George Weah made a surprise return to worldwide competition in Monrovia on Tuesday, playing in a 2-1 loss to Nigeria a few weeks short of his 52nd birthday.

After the game, Liberia retired jersey number 14, which was worn by Weah during his footballing peak.

Tuesday game was Nigeria field a reasonably strong team, which included Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) and Peter Etebo (Stoke City).

Weah had last played an global fixture 11 years ago and he added a 61st cap to his collection. The younger Weah also plays club football for Paris Saint-Germain, one of Geroge's former clubs.

A live blog of the match reported that in the 38th minute "President Weah sends a fine pass to send a teammate through on goal but the referee correctly calls for offside".

While the match was arranged in his honour, Weah stunned the crowd by leading out his side on Monrovia and the 51-year-old completed 79 minutes of the match.

Weah was the victor of the 1995 Fifa Player of the Year for his exploits with Paris Saint-Germain.

Weah enjoyed a career in Europe spanning almost a decade and a half that saw him play for Monaco, PSG and Marseille in France, Milan in Italy and English sides Manchester City and Chelsea.

United States player Tim Weah celebrates scoring in May 2018.

Later on Tuesday Weah's son, Timothy, also played in an global friendly.

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