African football legends sent congratulatory messages to George Weah after the ex-AC Milan superstar claimed victory as the 25th president of Liberia.
The 1995 World Player of the Year was on Thursday declared the winner of the Liberia presidential run-off after taking 61.5 percent of the vote from 98.1 percent of ballots cast to beat his opponent Vice-President Joseph Boakai, who took 38.5 percent of the vote.
Weah will succeed Africa’s first elected female president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who defeated him in the presidential election run-off in 2005.
In their messages on Twitter, former Ivory Coast and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, former Super Eagles captain/manager Sunday Oliseh and former Ghana’s Black Stars defender Anthony Baffoe expressed their delight over Weah’s election.
“Thank you Mr. President,” 39-year-old Phoenix Rising forward Drogba tweeted.
“Congrats my friend, Georgie. Happy for you and quite exceptional. May God bless you with wisdom to lead Liberia,” Tunisia ‘’94 Africa Cup of Nations winner Oliseh, who represented Nigeria at the USA ’94 and France ’98 World Cups, wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday.
“From King George to his Excellency Mr President of Liberia. Take a bow…hard works always pays off..congratulations,” Ghana coach Baffoe wrote on his Twitter handle.
South African President Jacob Zuma also congratulated the former Chelsea and PSG forward on his victory.
In a statement, Zuma praised the country for conducting the presidential run-off in a peaceful manner, saying that it signified another positive step towards deepening democracy in Africa.
Weah thanked his supporters for their support, saying he plans to liberate the country.
“It is with deep emotion that I want to thank you, the Liberian people, for honoring me with your vote. It is a great hope,” the 51-year-old former Manchester City player wrote on his Twitter handle.
Meanwhile, Ghana FA Cup Committee chief Kofi Poku has tipped Baffoe to emulate Weah by becoming the president of Ghana in the future.
“I have known Tony (Anthony Baffoe) through George Weah and I have been very close to him. He is a hardworking administrator and an organised personality,” Ghana Web quoted Poku as saying on Thursday.
“I tip him because he is a serious person and sets achievable targets. Tony has come a long way with his influential role in the world after his playing career and I think he’s built a good image for himself.”