President George Weah becomes 'oldest global footballer' ever

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Wait... George Weah, President of Liberia, who retired from worldwide football years ago is actually playing against Nigeria in a FIFA organised friendly match?

The Super Eagles are set to tackle the senior national team of Liberia in Monrovia to celebrate President George Opne Weah, the only Africa to have won the prestigious World Footballer of the year crown. Do not cut, copy or lift any content from this website without our consent.

Weah hailed Nigeria as a great and worthy ally in global community development, and described the country's football culture and impact as a model that he wants Liberia to follow.

However, that did not stop him from making a 79-minute appearance during Liberia's 2-1 defeat to Nigeria on Tuesday.

Strangely enough, Weah played at the same time as his son - who was representing the US in a 1-0 win against Mexico. His appearance came on the same day that his son Timothy Weah played in an worldwide for the United States.

Liberia had arranged a football friendly against Nigeria to retire the number 14 jersey worn by their new president while he was an worldwide.

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Since then, he's opted against going down some of the more traditional career paths of other former professional footballers, deciding to embark on a journey into politics.

Weah and Debbah led the Lone Star against the Eagles in a game played in an ambience of warmth, mutual respect and good spirit.

Nwankwo doubled the lead in the 33rd minute after Oghenekharo Etebo floated a corner kick in the goal area of the hosts.

"Weah revealed that as a people, Liberians look up to Nigeria's pedigree in the round leather game and will work hard to get there".

Football's world governing body added that the oldest player to have played in a Fifa competition is Dutchman Roel Liefden, a beach footballer who was 46 when he played against Argentina in 2013.

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