Liberia football great George Opong Weah has announced his intention to run for president of Liberia for the second time.
The 1995 African, European and World Player of the Year has been strongly involved politics since hanging his boots in 2003, and has declared he has the ‘vision’ to transform the West African nation and rid it of ‘abject poverty’.
“Our gathering here today is about the future of our country and our people,” the 49-year-old said.
“In the last ten years our people have continued to live in abject poverty, education a mess, health delivery system a disaster, electricity and pipe-borne water elusive.
“Like many of you, I have been a victim of poverty.
“There were times I didn’t have school fees.”
Weah previously ran for office in 2005 when he was defeated by current president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, whose second term in office ends in 2017 and is ineligible to run again under the country’s constitution.
The 49-year-old global star famously wore the colours of Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Chelsea, and is considered by many as the best footballer to never feature in the World Cup.