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George Weah in action as Liberia lose to Super Eagles in friendly

Henry Onyekuru

First half goals by Henry Onyekuru and Simeon Nwankwo were enough to seal victory for the Super Eagles over their Liberian counterparts in an exhibition game in Monrovia on Tuesday night.

The hosts pulled a goal back late in the second half from the spot, after the referee ruled that Semi Ajayi touched the ball with his hands in the box.

The match, played at 35,000–capacity Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex, was in celebration of Liberian President, George Oppong Weah.

Weah, a former World Footballer of the Year, was in action for 79 minutes as he led the Lone Star, donning his Number 14 jersey – which will be retired after the game.

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Onyekuru opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he fired a long-range strike to hand the Super Eagles the lead.

Nwankwo doubled the lead from close range after he powered in Oghenekaro Etebo’s corner kick before half time, then the hosts halved the deficit late on.

The Eagles had earned a 3-0 victory over Seychelles in an Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier at the weekend, before taking on Weah’s team.

Up next for Gernot Rohr’s men will be the third match of the AFCON qualifying series, in which they face Libya next month.

 

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