Three-time African footballer of the year, George Opong Weah is leading in the Liberian Presidential Polls, according to Reuters. Yesterday, various news outlets on the social media were celebrating Weah’s victory where as, the election was yet to be concluded.
The former AC Milan attacker is leading in 11 of the 15 counties according to results announced today by the Election Commissioner in Liberia with a run-off scheduled for November in a situation where there’s no outright winner amongst the 20 contesting candidates. Weah, who had a glorious football career that spanned the major leagues in Europe hopes to win the Presidential election 12 years after his first attempt, when he lost narrowly to Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, who historically became the first female President in Africa.
Weah’s Congress for Democratic Change have been making promises and giving the people a galvanised ambition for betterment as Liberians go out en masse in support of their one-time soccer star.
Weah represents an image of the grass-grace story in Liberia having originated from a very impoverished region, the Kru region where he learnt to play football on the streets before he traveled abroad to join AS Monaco, where he had the opportunity to be tutored by Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger in 1987.
Weah went on to win the African Footballer of the Year award in 1989 before winning it for the second time in 1994 and capping it with the wondrous record of being the first African man to have won the FIFA World Best player. For a man from such humble beginnings, it was everything for him as he shed some tears while he honoured Wenger for giving him such rare opportunity earlier in his career.
If Weah eventually wins the Liberian Presidential elections, he will be starting a possible generation of impact makers who are also sportsmen who enjoy great respect in their nations.