Nigeria defeat Liberia 2-1 in exhibition match

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Simeon Nwankwo and Henry Onyekuru were on target in the encounter staged to honour president George Weah

Nigeria defeated the Liberian national team 2-1 in an international friendly played on Tuesday night at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Stadium, Monrovia.

Goals from Simeon Nwankwo and Henry Onyekuru handed the Super Eagles a slim victory over the Lone Stars who got their lone strike via the penalty spot.

The game which saw retired James Debbah handed a starter’s role was organised in honour of President George Weah who retired his famous no.14 jersey.

Gernot Rohr’s men took the lead in the 11th minutes after Onyekuru made good use of John Ogu’s pass to set the stadium alive.

Nwankwo doubled the lead in the 33rd minute after Oghenekharo Etebo floated a corner kick in the goal area of the hosts.

However, Liberia got the consolation goal in the closing stages of the game after Semi Ajayi had been adjudged to have handed the ball in his vital area.

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Weah won Liberia's presidential election in December, after securing 12 of the 15 counties in the west African nation, thus, succeeding Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

The 1995 Fifa Ballon d'Or winner and three-time African Player of the Year defeated 73-year-old Joseph Boakai to become the country’s 24th president.

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