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President George Weah makes football comeback aged 51

AFP  |  Johannesburg 

and former world of the year George made a surprise return to international Tuesday at the age of 51 in a 2-1 friendly defeat by

The international match in was organised to 'retire' the number 14 shirt worn by Weah, who was voted world, European and African of the year in 1995.

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

Instead of watching the match against from the grandstand, he captained his country and showed glimpses of former skills before being substituted 12 minutes from time.

received a standing ovation when leaving the pitch in the capital of a west African country where is the most popular sport.

Team-mates of wore shirts with "Thank you George" on them as a tribute to the legend who retired from international 16 years ago.

Libera are ranked 47th of 54 African football nations and 158th in the world. The last of their two appearances was 16 years ago.

Weah played in Liberia, the and before moving to Europe, where his clubs included Paris Saint-Germain, Monaco, and AC Milan.

He also had brief spells with Chelsea and Manchester City before finishing his career in the playing for

In the friendly match, built a two-goal half-time lead thanks to and and converted a late penalty for

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First Published: Wed, September 12 2018. 18:30 IST