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Liberian president George Weah presented with his football jersey

IANS  |  Paynesville (Liberia) 

The of and former legend George was given his number 14 jersey on Wednesday.

The 51-year-old leader surprised fans by making an appearance for in a friendly match against on Monday, before receiving his jersey from the of the Liberian association, Mustapha Raji, reports news.

Weah, the only African to win both the Ballon d'Or and the World of the Year awards, was a star for clubs such as AC Milan, Chelsea and before retiring from in 2002 to launch a political career.

He ran in two successive Liberian in 2005 and 2011, was elected in 2014, and contested the presidency again in 2017, winning a in December by a landslide.

This marked Liberia's first democratic transition of power, as replaced Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who was herself the first woman to be elected of state of any African country.

continues to rebuild following nearly two decades of brutal civil war.

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 16:22 IST
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