Liberia President Weah makes surprise return to football match against Nigeria

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After the game, Liberia retired jersey number 14, which was worn by Weah during his footballing peak.

On Tuesday, years after his last worldwide performance, the Liberian President led his national team onto the pitch wearing the jersey. In his playing days, Weah was an inspiration to young Africans who watched the Liberian in the colours of AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain or even in his twilight at Chelsea.

Stoke midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo and Leicester duo Wilfried Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho, who all featured at this summer's World Cup in Russian Federation, played a part in the fixture as the Super Eagles looked set for a routine victory at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium.

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

Reports state that Weah "showed glimpses of the class that made him a household name around the world" and that he received a standing ovation when he was substituted at the 79th minute.

Goals from Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo helped Nigeria into a 2-0 lead before the hosts pulled a goal back through Kpah Sherman's penalty late in the game.

Later on Tuesday Weah's son, Timothy, also played in an global friendly.

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

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