Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

George Weah plays as Super Eagles defeat Liberia in friendly

George Weah plays as Super Eagles defeat Liberia in friendly

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.

Media reports said Weah, who led the attack and showed glimpses of the class that made him a household name around the world, received a standing ovation from fans when he was substituted on 79 minutes. The FIFA recognised game saw the Nigerians beating their West African counterparts by two goals to one in Monrovia. He represented his country 60 times and played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Strangely enough, Weah played at the same time as his son - who was representing the United States of America in a 1-0 win against Mexico.

Weah - the first non-European to win the Ballon d'Or during a spectacular career that included spells at Monaco, Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan - was sworn in as Liberia's president at the start of the year.

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The Super Eagles had originally been scheduled to play Saudi Arabia in a friendly but the fixture was cancelled because of concerns about logistics.

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

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 in the box.

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