Two first half goals from Simeon Nwankwo and Henry Onyekuru were all Nigeria’s Super Eagles needed to see off Lone Stars of Liberia in an international friendly to honour President George Weah
Spotlighting the tie was the Liberian President and former World Footballer of the Year, Weah, being on the pitch against the Eagles.
Both Nwankwo and Onyekuru were on target as the Eagles upstaged the Liberians 2-1 in the match that took place on Tuesday night at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium, Monrovia.
In the encounter that had retired James Debbah given a starting role, the Liberians’ lone strike came from the penalty spot.
Gernot Rohr’s men took the lead in the 11th minutes after Onyekuru made good use of John Ogu’s tailored pass to set the Stadium alight.
Nwankwo doubled the lead in the 33rd minute after Oghenekharo Etebo floated a corner kick into the hosts’ goal area.
However, Liberia’s consolatory goal came late on in the match when the referee signaled to the penalty spot after penalizing Semi Ajayi for hand ball in the Eagles’ vital area.
President George Weah, who formally retired his famous no.14 jersey, won Liberia’s presidential election in December 2017 to become the country’s 24th president.
He succeeded former President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after securing 12 of the 15 counties in the West African nation to defeat 73-year-old Joseph Boakai.
Weah emerged the 1995 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner and three-time African Player of the Year during his illustrious football career.