With almost 99% of the vote counted former World Footballer of the Year and Ballon d’Or winner George Weah has been elected president of Liberia with 62% of the vote. Running for the second time (the first was in 2005), Weah, a member of the Liberian Senate, defeated vice president Joseph Boakai in a run-off.
Weah takes over one of the poorest countries in the world and one that has been devastated by two civil wars in recent memory. Despite his off-and-on involvement in Liberian politics since 2005 anything Weah is able to achieve during his time as president will have more to do with the goodwill that accompanies his status as a Liberian sporting here- the Liberian sporting hero- than it will with his political qualifications or experience.
Some of you may know that Weah spent a lot of time in the U.S. following his retirement in 2003 and that one of his sons, Timothy, is currently a standout on the USMNT’s U17 team. Timothy scored a hat trick against Paraguay in last October’s U17 World Cup and is currently a member of Paris Saint-Germain’s youth academy.
Best of luck to President-elect Weah and if you’re too young to have see him play, here you go!