MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Football star George Weah returned to Liberia to a hero's welcome after receiving a degree in business administration from DeVry University in Miami.
Weah was born in a slum in Monrovia and went on to become a FIFA World Player of the Year, before turning to politics. He came in second to current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in the 2005 election and his loss was largely due to what critics saw as his limited formal education.
Weah will be running in this fall's presidential election as vice president alongside Harvard-trained lawyer Winston Tubman. The huge crowd that had come to greet him Friday clogged the road into Monrovia.
The secretary-general of Sirleaf's party discounted Weah's achievement saying it takes more than a college degree to run a country.