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George Weah hails Nigerian football as a 'model'

George Weah hails Nigerian football as a 'model'

He represented his country 60 times and played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Weah, who scored a landslide victory in presidential elections last December, is the only African footballer to win the world and European awards.

According to Reuters, Liberia had arranged the friendly to retire Weah's famous No. 14 jersey.

Weah, a former professional footballer, featured for 79 minutes in the game played in the capital, Monrovia.

The Nigeria-German head caoch paraded about 85% of Eagles global professionals for the international-friendly -turned exhibition match in Monrovia played in about 35,000 seat capacity.

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All of the Liberia players - including Weah's former teammate, 48-year-old James Debbah - wore shirts bearing the message "Thank you King George" on the front.

Nigeria took a 2-0 lead through Henry Onyekuru and Simon Nwankwo before a late penalty from Kpah Sherman proved to be a mere consolation for Liberia. Over two legs, Weah, then captain of the Lone Stars came close, failed to help his team secure a World Cup ticket.

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.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated the Lone Star of Liberia 2-1 in Tuesday's exhibition game played at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium, Monrovia.


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