Monrovia: News reaching Liberiasportsonline can confirm that an invitation has been extended to President of Liberia , George Weah to feature in a special soccer match as part of the events of the ECOWAS Parliament on going activities in Liberia .
Our source has it that President Weah’s participation in the match was disclosed by Representative Edwin Melvin Snowe, Bomi County’s District 1 representative at the House. He’s also the head of the Liberian delegation to the regional parliament. President Weah is also member Senator and a former member of the regional parliament. President Weah is expected to play for both sides in the ECOWAS Parliament soccer match versus the Liberian Legislature headed by Speaker Bhofal Chamber on Sunday, September, 15 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.
The soccer match is a side attraction to the first-ever ECOWAS Extraordinary Session outside its headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria; being the guest of honor at the Session, President Weah has been invited to feature in the soccer match.
Mr. Isaac G. Redd, Director for Press and Public Affairs at the House of Representatives, confirmed the match with a post to his Facebook page “Liberian Legislature Vs. ECOWAS Parliament Sunday September 15 at ATS ,in Central Monrovia at 4:00 pm . His post was accompanied by pictures of flags of Liberia and ECOWAS, 14 jersey and 4 jersey.
Liberia national football team’s 14 jersey is iconic – it’s the jersey worn by Weah during his active days on the national team. He was the inspiration of famous ‘Weah 11’ team. In September 2018, President Weah decided to ‘retire’ the 14 jersey after featuring in a friendly match between the Lonestar of Liberia and the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the SKD Stadium in Liberia. President Weah came out of retirement and featured for the national team by wearing the armband in the country’s 1-2 loss to Nigeria.
Weah, former World Footballer of the Year and star of AC Milan, Chelsea and Monaco, was elected President of Liberia in a landslide victory just in 2017. Having been raised in one of Liberia’s worst slums, many saw him as a man who understood the needs of the poor. But some now doubt that he will deliver on campaign promises to help lift people out of poverty.
President George Weah’s 14 jersey is not fully retired. It keeps making its way back to the pitch, regardless of what some citizens may consider as more serious and heart-burning national issues that need the President’s attention instead of soccer. For President Weah, the number 14 jersey is symbolic to his success in his professional football career in Europe.“The interpretation of this gift is that the President should stop using the Liberian people’s resources to go and run after jersey – we have serious issues here; by now, people should have been arrested for the US$25 million that was taken from our reserves including the extra US$20 million that was taken from our reserves.