Weah’s Tactical Instruction
George Weah Leaving the VIP area at half time heading to
the Locker room
It was proven on Wednesday, February 29, when the legendary
George Weah lifted the Lone Star through tactical
instruction at half time when the score line was still blank
to enable the Lone Star open its 203 African Nations Cup
qualifier account with a pinching 1-0 victory of the Brave
Warriors of Namibia at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS).
At a packed ATS and the score line at 0-0, the stadium went
in rapture when Weah who many did not know was there walked
from the VIP stand towards the locker room to join his
ex-international junior colleagues in providing tactical
guidance to the players of the senior national team who were
I a must win situation.
Dressed in a black coat, red t-shirt underneath, white jeans
trouser, a blue easy wear and a white cap, the former Lone
Star Technical Director along with other former
internationals went into the room to give tactical
instruction. The former world footballer of the year and one
of Edison Arantes Dos Nascimento, alias King Pele top 100
footballers, stressed on attacking play the likes of Sekou
Jabateh Oliseh, Patrick ‘Ronaldinho’ Wleh, Dioh Williams and
Anthony Snorti Laffor given specific instructions.
On his way back to the VIP stand, the legend was engaged by
journalist with a barrage of questions. Taking calculating
steps on the periphery of the pitch the ex-AC Milan
responding to one of the questions noted “Well I hope we
win, this is a game we need to win we must win. We must get
the goals”. Also, while the second half was still raging
Weah drafted a note and ordered it to be send down to
caretaker Coach Thomas Kojo which was indeed based on
another tactical maneuvering to oust the visitors.
The 60 caps 22 goals ex-international was quite emphatic and
judging from the fact that the game was a home game, his
emphasis was on attacking football as the football brainy
man knew the visitors were cautious, sitting back and
waiting for the opportunity on the break, thus engaging in
the possession game. It was said he also told Kojo to make
the team keep the ball after they had scored.
Since hanging his boots during his testimonial on June 11,
2005 at the Stade Veledrome in Marseille France, where a
host of top notched footballers, coaches and administrators
were present, Weah has focused on politics and despite his
unsuccessful try to be president in the 2002 general
elections and his second try to be Vice President in 2011
also did not materialize during the elections, the former
Ballon D’or winner who mixed his footballing with charity
during his heydays is still deeply entrenched into politics
in his Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) party.
But, while the former Makossa man is keen on political power
via the democratic means there have been constant calls for
him to still get involved in the handling of the Lone Star
as the team continues in its downhill state.
A couple of months, the ex- AS Monaco linchpin told the BBC
he was still willing to work with the national team and that
he has not abandoned the game of football. Weah who has
promoted more Liberian players than any other person has
being conspicuously absent from football activities in the
country especially the national team and the need to
encourage him to get back I providing guidance and
mentorship is continuously stressed all over the country and
even various parts of the world.
It is quite an irony that the country that produced the
continent’s greatest footballer is a minnow. “We need Weah
to run this whole football of our country. “He is a genius
there. He has the charisma, the inspiration and so forth.
“We want him to promote our players to clubs round the
world. He can do it, and we urge him to think on our game t
be developed”, a group of stakeholders said after the
victory over Namibia.