Confederation of the African Football (CAF) was among the earliest global football family to send congratulatory message to the newly elected president of Liberia, George Opong Weah shortly after the result of the re-run was announce on Wednesday.
Shortly after his declaration, Weah took to his Twitter handle saying, “it is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honoring me with your vote today. It is great hope. #Liberia#Liberia2017” he stated.
The AC Milan legend had indeed reaped the most votes in the first round of voting but he nonetheless failed to meet the required amount to secure election.
And as a result, faced a run-off against the current vice-president, the Unity Party candidate Joseph Boakai – defeating him by clinching 12 of the 15 counties in the west African country.
Weah ran for vice-president in 2011 and went on to easily win a seat at the senate in 2014 – beating the son of President Sirleaf, Robert, by clinching 78 per cent of the votes in Montserrado County, which holds the country’s capital, Monrovia.
The 1995 FIFA Ballon d’Or winner and African Player of the Year defeated 73-year-old Joseph Boakai to become the country’s 25th president.
Weah succeeds Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is the first elected female head of state in Africa.
Weah has become the first sports athlete to be elected a President of a nation.
This has further raised the profile of the footballer turned politician who in 1995 set a yet to be assailed record of winning footballer of the year awards in two continents apart from being crowned the World Footballer of the Year to make it an incredible treble.
He was African Footballer of the Year as well as that of Europe.