. . . Ex-min­is­ter re­veals how T.B. Joshua helped

The Manica Post - - Foreign News -

FEMI Fani-Kay­ode, for­mer Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter, has re­acted to the emer­gence of Ge­orge Weah as the Pres­i­dent of Liberia.

The ex-min­is­ter while con­grat­u­lat­ing the for­mer world foot­baller of the year, said Weah’s vic­tory was well de­served.

In a tweet via his so­cial me­dia handle, the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) chief­tain said Prophet T. B. Joshua’s prayers helped in paving the way for Weah.

Fani-Kay­ode wrote: “I con­grat­u­late Ge­orge Weah on his elec­tion as the Pres­i­dent of Liberia.

“I thank God for his life and for that of Prophet T.B. Joshua who prayed for him and as­sured him of vic­tory when he vis­ited him in his Church in La­gos a few weeks back.

“This is a well de­served vic­tory!” The 51-year-old for­mer World Foot­baller of the Year won 13 out of the 15 coun­ties with his 73-year-old op­po­nent Joseph Boakai get­ting only two coun­ties. Boakai has been vice-pres­i­dent for the last 12 years

Weah was the first African to win the Bal­lon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year. Ju­bi­lant Weah took to Twitter to con­firm the vic­tory. Weah be­comes the 25th pres­i­dent of Liberia.

The for­mer Chelsea man is not known for his po­lit­i­cal nous but his clout as a foot­balling icon gar­ners him sig­nif­i­cant sup­port amongst the youth of Liberia, where 60 per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion is un­der the age of 30.

Weah topped the first round of vot­ing in Oc­to­ber but didn’t se­cure the 50 per­cent needed to win out­right. The runoff was de­layed twice af­ter al­le­ga­tions of vot­ing fraud and ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties but Weah’s pop­u­lar­ity won out in the end.

He will take over from No­bel Peace Prize winner Ellen John­son Sir­leaf who beat Weah in an elec­tion back in 2005. Weah’s lack of ed­u­ca­tion was seen as the main rea­son for his loss.

Weah was signed by Chelsea in 2000 on loan and had an im­me­di­ate im­pact, scor­ing a header on his de­but in a derby game against Tot­ten­ham. He scored five goals in 14 matches for the club, start­ing the 2000 FA Cup fi­nal against As­ton Villa as they beat the Mid­lan­ders 1-0.

He also played un­der Arsene Wenger at Monaco, call­ing him a “fa­ther fig­ure” and at­tribut­ing his con­sid­er­able suc­cess to the French­man.

Mov­ing to Europe in 1988 he went on to spend 14 re­mark­able years play­ing for Monaco, Paris Saint-Ger­main and AC Milan be­fore short stints at Chelsea and Manch­ester City, fin­ish­ing his Euro­pean ca­reer in Mar­seille.

It was dur­ing his five years at the Ros­soneri from 1995 to 2000 that he con­firmed his rep­u­ta­tion as one of the world’s most fear­some strik­ers, win­ning the Bal­lon d’Or in 1995 and FIFA World Player of the Year in 1996.

The Liberian pow­er­house was known for his work-rate, in­stinc­tive abil­ity and ath­letic at­tributes and was seen, along with Ron­aldo and Romario , as a mod­ern breed of striker who could fin­ish and run with the ball ef­fec­tively.

A highly dec­o­rated pro­fes­sional, he won African Foot­baller of the Year three times, the Serie A twice, Ligue 1 once and a smor­gas­bord of do­mes­tic cups in France and Italy. Back in Oc­to­ber, Arse­nal boss Wenger mis­tak­enly con­grat­u­lated Weah on the pres­i­den­tial vic­tory.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late one of my for­mer play­ers, who be­came pres­i­dent of Liberia,” the French­man said in his pre-Wat­ford press con­fer­ence on Oc­to­ber 12.

“It is not often that you have a for­mer player who be­comes a pres­i­dent of a coun­try.

“Well done Ge­orge and I would say just for him to keep his en­thu­si­asm and his de­sire to learn and to win.” — Mir­ror UK/On­line.

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