They are considered by their countrymen legends and heroes of football (soccer) and pillars of the country’s football success story in the 1980s before their country felled into a brutal civil war and kept the torch burning while carnage ripped off their country. But these two giants, it seems are about to re-ignite the country’s club football rivalry all over again, this time on the political stage.
The purported re-ignition of club soccer rivalry is revealed in a plot to retire soccer legend and opposition leader George Weah from politics in Liberia orchestrated by the ruling Unity Party government has been uncovered. Revealing the plot recently, a top co-conspirator of the plot and top inner cycle of the Unity Party administration and close confidant of the Sirleaf family confided that a well orchestrated ploy has been hashed and the secret recipe is to entice the Liberian opposition leader, George Weah of the Congress for the Democratic Change (CDC) to run for Senate in the country’s by-election scheduled for 2014.
The concocted plot the source says, is fixated to embarrass the Liberian opposition leader and make him an irrelevant factor in the country’s politics because if he runs for the Senate, it will be the lowest and tripled down public office he will be contesting for after unseccessfully running for President against President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in 2005 and Vice President in 2011 respectively. “For an opposition leader and iconic as Mr. Weah is, coming down to contest that low a public office will embarrass and demoralize the soccer legend turned politician and ultimately force him into retirement and out of politics for good”, an observer conceded.
The plotters believe that with the proportional popularity and celebrity influence backed of James Debah, backed by a vault of astounding and unparalleled finances, the soccer celebrity will obliterate and crush Mr. Weah in the by election, sending him parking into retirement because he would had reached a dead end in his political career.
George Weah and James Debah are both soccer legends and celebrities in Liberia and were teammates on the country’s national team, the “Lone Star”; their combined talents
took Liberia to international attention, pride, and acclaim in the 1980s which catapulted Mr. Weah on the international scene in soccer. Mr Weah success led to him winning the Federation of International Football (FIFA) highest achievement,”World Best” and European Footballer of the Year, all in 1994. He was the first African soccer player to ever accomplish those milestones but unfortunately never played a in world Cup.
The matching up of the two soccer legends will re-ignite Liberia’s soccer club rivalry between the Mighty Barrolle and Invincible Eleven. The soccer rivalry between both teams defines the country’s soccer and by their projection, Mr. Weah could be at the losing end since he has been in politics and has a lot of political liabilities which James Debah won’t have to worry about because he never contested for public office.