Liberia’s Georges Weah, former World Player of the Year and presidential candidate, has been named Africa’s greatest footballer of all time by Forbes Africa magazine.
Forty-seven year-old Weah, born Georges Manneh Oppong Ousman Weah, played for Tonnerre de Yaoundé, AS Monaco, Paris-Saint Germain, Milan AC, Chelsea, Manchester City, Marseille and Al-Jazeera Club in Qatar.
The ‘controversial’ nomination, which is likely to generate a heated debate on the continent’s street corners and pubs, was spearheaded by Zambia’s soccer legend Kalusha Bwalya.
Many in Liberia and the rest of Africa will certainly wonder whether Weah truly deserves this ‘supreme honour’ given that the continent boasts a pool of soccer legends who excelled more than the Moronvia-born boy.
However, Weah is the only African player who won the prestigious ‘Fifa World Player of the Year’ accolade.
Egyptian striker Mahmoud El Khatib came second and Cameroon’s Samuel Etoo Fils a close third, Forbes Africa said.
Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba, Zimbabwe-born English goalkeeper British Bruce Grobbelaar, Mozambican-born Portuguese legend Eusebio and Nigeria’s Kanu have also made it to the Bwalya’s ‘infamous’ list.
Bwalya, a former African Footballer of the Year turned businessman and Forbes Africa columnist, said he chose players based on their dedication to their country and consistency.
“You have to consider the difficulty of comparing players across different eras,” former Chipolopolo coach Bwalya explained.
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