Meet George Weah: From Football to State House-Liberia

Weah was described by FIFA as "the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today". In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's great

Meet George Weah: From Football to State House-Liberia

Weah was described by FIFA as "the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today". In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's great

27 December 2017 Wednesday 18:51
Meet George Weah: From Football to State House-Liberia

By Patrick Kisembo

Former professional footballer, George Tawlon Manneh Weah, has won the Liberia Presidential election.

Though the National Election Commission of Liberia (NEC) is still to announce the results, various sources including UK’s The Mirror, are awash with the news that Weah - won comprehensively, clinching 12 of the 15 counties in the West African country.

Former Chelsea and Manchester City star celebrating the landslide victory took to twitter and wrote, “It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honoring me with your vote today. It is great hope #Liberia #Liberia2017.”

Weah was born 1 October 1966 regarded as one of the greatest African players of all-time and as one of the best forwards of his generation, in 1995 he was named FIFA World Player of the Year and won the Ballon d'Or, becoming the first African player to win these awards.

In 1989, 1994 and 1995, he was named the African Footballer of the Year, and in 1996, he was named African Player of the Century.

Weah was described by FIFA as "the precursor of the multi-functional strikers of today". In 2004, he was named by Pelé in the FIFA 100 list of the world's greatest living players.

After starting his career in his home country of Liberia, Weah spent 14 years of his professional football career playing for clubs in France, Italy and England. Arsène Wenger brought him to Europe when he signed for Monaco in 1988.

Weah moved to Paris Saint-Germain in 1992 where he won Ligue 1 in 1994 and became the top scorer of the 1994–95 UEFA Champions League before signing Milan in 1995.

He moved to the English Premier League towards the end of his career playing for Chelsea and Manchester City, before returning to France to play for Marseille in 2001, and subsequently ending his career with Al-Jazira in 2003.

Weah has been heavily involved in politics in his homeland Liberia. He ran unsuccessfully for president in the 2005 election, losing to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the second round of voting.

In 2011 he also ran for the vice-president role on Winston Tubman's ticket the losing ticket but now, at the age of 51, is strongly placed to emerge as the successor to Ellen Sirleaf Johnson.

Running as a Congress for Democratic Change candidate, Weah was elected to the Senate in 2014.

Updated: 27.12.2017 19:03
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obi oziti 2017-12-27 19:43:11

Congratulations