Weah to quit Liberia


Former Chelsea and Manchester City striker George Weah has announced that he is to quit international football after coming under fire from supporters during Liberia's 2-1 home defeat to Ghana in World Cup qualifying on Sunday.

The one-time African, European and FIFA world player of the year will continue in his role as technical director for the game with Sierra Leone on July 14th before quitting the country to start a new life in the United States.

His decision comes after Liberian fans hurled objects, as well as abuse, at the 34-year-old following the defeat which saw Liberia drop to second in their World Cup qualifying group.

Nigeria, who beat Sudan 4-0 at the weekend to go top, are now favourites to go to the finals in Japan and Korea with both sides having just one more game to play.

The news has come as a major blow to the Liberian football authorities, who had hoped Weah would guide the team in next year's African Nations Cup in Mali.

Speaking to local radio station DC101, Weah said: "I am finished. I am resigning after the Freetown game and they can bring in new people to take them to the African Cup.

"I will not play with them any more and I will not coach any more."

Weah has become an ambassador for Liberia on a world stage and a figurehead for sport in the country.

He is also a great example of how talented sportsmen and women can escape poverty to reach the top of their chosen profession.

However, he made the decision to leave after his mother was also insulted by the boo-boys.

He added: "I will not have anybody insult my mother.

"For that reason I will never be part of the Liberian team. I am going to leave Liberia and go to the States and live my life."

Weah, who ended the season at Marseille after a disappointing spell at Maine Road, also criticised the attitude of his team-mates, whom he believed let the country down against Ghana.

He said: "They behaved like only George Weah wanted to go to the World Cup.

"They do not have conviction and do not have priorities. They behaved like unprofessional players." -PA