Fans Want Champ Weah Evicted from LoneStar Training Camp- Latest Liberian News
PAYNESVILLE – Supporters of Liberia’s men national team are calling on Coach Ansu Keita and the technical team to remove Champ Weah, the son of President George Weah from the Lonestar’s training camp ahead of the team’s crucial match with South Africa at home today, Tuesday.
Champ Weah, 35 also referred to as George Weah Jr, was spotted training with the LoneStar of Liberia ahead of the team’s do-or-die encounter with South Africa late Monday evening.
But his presence did not go down well with many football fanatics and supporters of the Lonestar as they called for his eviction from the camp.
Speaking to KOOL 91.9FM Talking Sports, a strong supporter of the national team of Liberia, Joseph Smith said, it is frustrating and sad to see an outsider who is not part of the team train with the team on the eve of a big match.
“Only in Liberia things like this happened and this man is not needed around our national team. All I will say is, he is not needed around our beloved LoneStar,” Smith cried out.
Another supporter and a representative aspirant of Montserrado District #10 added, Karishma Pelham Raad, taking to her Facebook Page wrote: “It is completely unprofessional and unethical to allow such interference with people in and out of the national team’s training camp. For any reason the team loses this Game tomorrow with such interferences, Coach KEITA and co will be fully held responsible due to breaking the rules.”
Writing further she added: “As Aunty Mabel Son Tosh has rightly said, Let’s call a spade a spade. STOP ALLOWING SUCH!! Liberians don’t joke when it comes to their National Team. So help us God…”
Champ Weah, born August 27, 1987 has had the opportunity at some of Europe’s elite football clubs including AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain to launch an illustrious career just like his father or little brother Timothy Weah. Despite his father’s help, he did not really make a breakthrough.
Born in Liberia, he was capped for the United States men’s national under-20 soccer team but has no international caps at senior level.
When he was active, Weah was eligible to represent both the United States and Liberia. He played in two friendlies for the United States under-20 side in 2004. More than a decade later, he was called up by the Liberian senior side for a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Togo in June 2015, despite not having played for a club in nearly a year. He was named to the bench as Liberia lost 2–1.
On Sunday, December 12, 2021, Champ made history for himself when he featured in the National County Sports Meet becoming the first setting President’s son to have participated in the tournament since it started.
Critics say his presence in the camp is a distraction and called on the Coach to evict him. Meanwhile, a win for the Lonestar over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on today, Tuesday will automatically qualify the Lonestar for its third African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast 2023.