There might be a possible run-off between former World Best player and flagbearer the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), George Weah and his closest rival and flagbearer of the ruling Unity Party (UP), Joseph Boakai as they both await results of the Presidential elections in Liberia.
Although Observers of the election gathered that there is the possibility of a run-off between the two hopefuls, it is becoming increasingly likely as unofficial polling results so far confirm traditional geographical strongholds of either party.
The former Ballon d’Or winner seems to be at a tie with his Joseph Boakai who also is the incumbent Vice President of the Liberia.
Other longtime opposition figures include Charles Brumskine and former Coca-Cola executive, Alexander Cummings.
Joseph Boakai from 1983 to 1985 had served as Liberian Minister of Agriculture under former President Samuel Doe’s administration. While he was the Minister of Agriculture, Boakai 72, chaired the 15 nation West African Rice Development Association. In 1992, he was the managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC).
George Weah in 2011, ran for the vice-president’s seat on the losing ticket. But now at 51, he might emerge eventually, as the successor of his predecessor Ellen Sirleaf Johnson who will turn 79 come October 29.
Weah is certainly not the first sportsman to have made the transition to being a politician. The likes of Pelé and Zico have both served as Brazilian sports ministers, but he is the first with such worldwide household recognition to aspiring to be president of his country.