Thousands of Nigerians around the world have criticized the country Football Federation (NFF) for the Super Eagles involvement in what they called a ‘silly’ friendly match with Liberia on Tuesday.
The Lone Star headed by retired soccer legend George Weah and his famous teammate James Debbah loss 2-1 against the Super Eagles at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
Reacting to the organization of the game on popular social media outlet, Twitter, some Nigerians said the fact that retired Weah and Debbah were featured in a competitive match was A disrespect to the former African Champions.
Many had thought that the match which was billed to honour President Weah and formally retire the No 14 jersey of the former international would been a traditional friendly game, wherein active players of both countries would been featured, instead the Liberian President and ex-international teammate Debbah were in the starting II.
“George Weah playing for Liberia is a real joke and disrespectful of the Super Eagles. If he wants to have some fun, he can invite his fellow ex-players to play an exhibition game. This was supposed to be a serious match, not a kick about,” outspoken Twitter personality Biola Kazeem wrote.
Professional national team players, playing against retired players from Liberia. This NFF can sometimes misbehave. They could have easily arranged a legends game, not this disrespect, they call "holiday friendly," @ivanlotti wrote on Twitter.
“Wait... George Weah, President of Liberia, who retired from International football years ago is actually playing against Nigeria in a FIFA organised friendly match? Thought the match was meant to be in honour of him and not to bring him out of retirement,” a Twitter user with the handle @iSlimfit wrote.
Weah, 51 now President of Liberia, played 79 minutes in the match.
The game, played at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, was arranged in honour of the country’s president and 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year, George Weah.
Henry Onyekuru, who is currently on loan at Galatasaray, opened scoring for the Super Eagles, firing into the top corner to make it 1-0.
Gernot Rohr’s men extended their lead before half time, with Simeon ‘Simy’ Nwankwo heading in Oghenekaro Etebo’s corner kick.
Kpah Sherman pulled one back for the hosts from the penalty spot in the second half.
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