Liberia’s Soccer Ambassador and Africa’s football legend George Weah is expected to address the inaugural Soccerex Seminar in Nigeria later this month.
The seminar slated for September 27 and 28 is in partnership with the Lagos State Football Association.
Amb. Weah is undoubtedly one of the most successful footballers the continent has ever produced. The three-time African Footballer of the Year was also voted World and European Player of the Year in 1995.
His glittering career featured stints in England with Chelsea and Manchester City; France with Monaco, Paris St Germain and Olympique Marseille, but he is most famous for the five years he spent in Italy with AC Milan.
Ambassador Weah hung his boots in 2005 after serving as UNICEF Ambassador, devoting his time to humanitarian efforts and highlighting the power of football for social change, which ended with a political career that saw him contested for the Liberian Presidency the same year. His grassroots based Congress for Democratic Change or CDC has contested the Presidency here twice, but unsuccessfully.
Ambassador Weah’s immense football experience and standing with Africa make him a fantastic addition to the Seminar Lagos and will add weight to a conference line-up which will address key regional and international issues such as Football in West Africa, Youth Development, The Business of Football, Doing Business in West Africa and Social Responsibility.
The pending event is said to be the first international football business forum in Lagos and will provide international delegates with a first look at this exciting football mad market. Commenting, former FA and Arsenal Vice Chairman and Soccerex regular, David Dein said: “Nigeria is like my second home – I have been travelling there for over 30 years. “
“The passion and ability that West Africa has for the beautiful game is immense and the economy is now growing rapidly, resulting in increased opportunities around football. In that sense, it is perfect timing that Soccerex has decided to come to Lagos.”