Weah Scores Again Ahead of Inauguration

Weah Scores Again Ahead of His Presidential Inauguration Tomorrow
George Weah, Liberia’s President-elect, scored a goal reminiscent of his heydays in soccer, ahead of his inauguration tomorrow as his country’s President. BBC Africa reports that Weah scored in the first half to lead his Weah All Stars Side to a 2-1 victory over a Liberian Army team, as the festivities ahead of that inauguration continued in Monrovia, capital of Liberia.

The President-elect was reportedly dressed in his traditional number 14 jersey, the same number he wore on his shirt, when he scored some memorable goals for the Lone Stars, his country’s national side.
According to the BBC, the joyous 51-year old former football star said after the exhibition game that: “It is my number. A number assigned to me by the nation. So I wear it.”

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George Weah in action for his Weah All Stars side.
Photo credit: BBC Sport

The match was reportedly played amidst tight security and under a burning sun, as hundreds of fans trooped to the military barracks to watch the former FIFA World Footballer of the year in action. BBC reports that Weah thrilled the crowd as he dribbled past opponents. He scored through a free kick that was deflected into the left corner of the net.

BBC Africa reports that after the match, Weah said: “The essence of the game is to win…. We come to win, we play to win, it is not a dream. The army can run; they are stronger than us, but we push the ball around better and we are more organised. So we capitalized on the weaknesses of the army; it is a tactical game and tactically we were better than them.” 

Certainly, Weah would not expect his country’s army to be weak in matters of national security. After that match, he was reportedly walking side-by-side with his country’s chief of army, Major General Daniel Ziankhan.

BBC Africa further reports that the Weah All Stars Team is made up of George Weah’s former national teammates who supported his Presidential bid. Christopher Wreh, former Arsenal striker and Weah’s team mate in AS Monaco of France, was one of them. He told the BBC after the match that: “It is a special day because after today it will be difficult to meet him. Today I am proud that all of us rallied around him to become President.”

The inauguration is expected to attract several dignitaries from global political and sporting circles. From the sporting circle, Arsene Wenger, coach of Arsenal Football Club of England recently disclosed that George Weah has invited him to that inauguration. Wenger coached Weah in AS Monaco of France.

However, Wenger has stated that although he would love to attend the inauguration, his busy schedule may not allow him to do so. Arsenal would host Chelsea this Wednesday in a second leg semi final match of the Caraboa Cup. The first leg ended as a goalless draw. Therefore, Weah may not have an opportunity to host the man he has placed next to God in his scale of acknowledgement of human and spiritual forces that propelled him to success.

Cornelius Ellah
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Photos: BBC Africa

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