Listener Staff Report
George Weah, the son of football great and former World Footballer of the Year George Oppong Manneh Weah will get his second opportunity to play for the national team, when Liberia meets Tunisia in the ongoing Afcons qualifiers. Weah Junior was also called during Liberia’s away match to Togo in Lome weeks ago, as Liberia lost 2-1 to the Sparrow Hawks and Emmanuel Adebayo in Lome. He came on as a second half substitute.
Weah junior was born in Liberia but grew up in the United States. He also played for the U.S. national under-20 team.
He also styled for the youth teams at AC Milan, where his father George Manneh Weah played. At the AC Milan youth teams and academies where he played, he started at age of 14, but was subsequently released before he turned 20. He has since played in the lower leagues in Switzerland and briefly in Greece
Weah’s inclusion has surprised many football commentators in the country given that he was called ahead of some established players, including Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh who plays in Malaysia for PKSN, and has been on fire scoring goals in Asia.
His inclusion, observers say could be been linked to his father’s influence in football circles in Liberia, and also given the close families ties between George Oppong Weah and James Salinsa Debbah who is the current coach of the Lone Stars, the national team. The qualifier against Tunisian which currently leads the log in Liberia’s group will take place in Liberia next month, the country’s FA have said.
George Weah Jr. last played professional football in two substitute appearances for Paris St Germain’s amateur team last year. Liberia’s new coach, James Debbah, was also a PSG player and is a cousin of George Weah Sr. The national team went twice to the Nations Cup finals in 1996 and 2002, never going beyond the group stage.
Liberian Lone Stars team for Tunisia clash
1. Francis Grandpa Doe–NS Matrix, Malaysia] 2. Gizzie Dorbor–Hapoel Afula, Israel] 3. William Jebor–SD Ponferradina, Spain] 4. Anthony Laffor–Mamelodi–Sundowns South Africa] 5. Sekou JabatehOliseh–Unattached]
6. George Weah, Jr–Unattached] 7. Adolphus Nagbe Marshall–Unattached] 8. Sekou Konneh–Fortuna Sittard, Holland] 9. Tonia Tisdell–Osmanlıspor, Turkey] 10. Teah Dennis–Al-Ahli, Jordan]
11. DirkirGlay–GorMahia, Kenya] 12. Patrick Gerhardt–Sarawak FA, Malaysia] 13. Sam Johnson–Djurgårdens IF, Sweden] 14. Zah Krangar–Felda United FC, Malaysia] 15. Solomon Grimes–Nea Salamis Famagusta, Cyprus] 16. Herron Berrian–Platanias, Greece] 17. Sporo Somah–Sewe Sports, Ivory Coast] 18. AmadiayaRennie–Brann, Norway] 19. Melvin King–Oman] 20. Murphy Oscar Dorley–Local, Ghana] 21. Raymond Fransia– Ghana] 22. Trokon Zeon– LISC FC]
Editors note: Weah junior has been dropped from an updated 26 man list released by Coach Debbah this week.