George Weah leading his side out for the match.

Liberia president George Weah returned to international action and played in an international friendly for his country against Nigeria on Tuesday starting as the captain.

The game was meant to retire his shirt number 14, meaning no player in the Liberian national football team will be assigned the shirt number.

The 51-year-old President featured for 79 minutes in their 2-1 home defeat in Monrovia, receiving a standing ovation from fans when he was substituted.

During his professional career, George Weah played for Tonnerre Yaounde, Monaco, Paris St-Germain and AC Milan – with brief spells at Chelsea and Manchester City.

The 1995 World Player of the year retired from football in 2003 and went into politics. He won the presidential elections with a landslide victory in December last year after losing out to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2005.

Nigeria fielded a strong side. Simeon Nwankwo and Henry Onyekuru scored for the Super Eagles while the home side pulled one back with a late penalty from Kpah Sherman.

Meanwhile, his son Timothy Tarpeh Weah represents the United States in international competitions, playing his professional football for giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the French Ligue 1.

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