51-year old Liberian President, George Weah makes surprise return to football as he played for his country in a match against Nigeria (Photos)

Liberia president George Weah played in an international friendly for his country on Tuesday – at the age of 51. 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. Liberia arranged the friendly to retire their number 14 shirt, worn by Weah at his playing peak.

51-year old Liberian President,?George Weah?makes surprise return to football?as he played for his country in a match against?Nigeria (Photos)

The former AC Milan striker, sworn in as president in January, received a standing ovation as he was substituted. Nigeria fielded a reasonably strong team, including Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi and fellow midfielder Peter Etebo, of Stoke City. Ndidi’s club-mate Kelechi Iheanacho featured as a second-half substitute.

 

Etebo took the corner from which Simeon Nwankwo headed Nigeria into a 2-0 lead after Henry Onyekuru – on loan at Galatasaray from Everton – had scored the opener.

 

The home side pulled one back with a late Kpah Sherman penalty.

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