He is a football icon, George Weah, FIFA former “World Best” who turned politician by coincidence as his country got caught up in a long civil war and fragmented necessitating the hope for a leader who would bring the country into one fold the various cleavages which permeated his country.
The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador who mesmerized his countrymen on the soccer pitch even during the peak of the country civil war came to relevance in his country politics even though he was a neophyte coming from the soccer pitch and brushed off the sweat from the playing pitch and hurriedly hung up his football boots and trading his jersey for coat suits and ties and haphazardly catapulted unto the political stage hoping in desperation that he could hold his country together knowing that soccer is a unifying force in the country and if he could win the 2005 Presidential elections after 14 years of war, Liberia could re-gain its stability. Unfortunately, the UNICEF Ambassador lost to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf including the 2011 election where he went as Vice Standard Bearer to United Nations diplomat, Winston Tubman. After two failed bids for the Liberian Presidency and Vice Presidency respectively, the football icon and Peace Ambassador has reverted to contest for the Liberian Senate in 2014.
The Liberian Peace Ambassador made the pronouncement over the weekend in Philadelphia, United States while attending the leadership conference of his party United States chapter -CDC-USA in response to a query from an attendee who pressed him for clarity on speculation that he was vying for the Liberian Senate in 2014.
Th Liberian opposition leader said he has engaged the party’s sitting Senator of Montserrado County whose seat he will be running for, informing her of his decision and stressed they are still in talks. The Peace Ambassador formal announcement to run for the Senate in 2014 is the second pronouncements in less than two weeks of candidates who declared intentions to run for the Senate seat of Montserrado County in 2014 to replace current Senator Joyce Musu of the Congress for Democratic Change. The first aspiring candidate, young Benjamin Sanvee, former Youth Adviser to former President Charles Taylor less than two weeks ago declared his intention for the Monterrado County Senate seat too and announced the appointment of exploratory Committee to advance his Senatorial bid.
The soccer legend to;d his partisans that now he has completed his schooling after his graduation from Devry University, earning a Master Degree in Public Administration last month, it is time he go into government.