George Weah: Former Chelsea and AC Milan star set for Liberian presidency run-off

George Weah starred for Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan

George Weah won the prestigious Balon D'Or award in 1995

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Former Chelsea, Manchester City and AC Milan footballer George Weah faces a run-off in his bid to become president of Liberia.

Several foreign media outlets claimed Weah, the former World Footballer of the Year, has already run the election.

However Liberia's Observer newspaper reports that "the possibility of a run-off between presidential hopefuls George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) and Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party (UP), is becoming increasingly likely."

The term 'run-off; refers to a second round of voting in which the candidates who emerged first and second in the original round go head-to-head.

Weah, standing for the Coalition for Democratic Change, was one of 20 candidates who took part in the election. But the Observer reports that he and Joseph Boakai, of the ruling Unity Party, dominated polling and emerged far ahead of the rest of the field.

The final results are due to be declared today by Liberia's National Elections Commission (NEC).

Weah made his name as a footballer with Paris Saint-Germain before moving to AC Milan in the mid-1990s, becoming a hero at the San Siro and winning the Balon D'Or award, given each year the world's best player.

He then moved to England, playing for Chelsea and City towards the end of his career.

Since moving into politics in his homeland Weah has become a fierce critic of the government, particularly on the subject of corruption.