George Weah Fan Walks More Than 1,000 km From Guinea

KAKATA, Margibi- A 39-year-old man purporting to be a die-hard admirer of President George Weah has walked more than 1,000 kilometers from his home city of Siguiri in Guinea to meet his idol.

Mamoudou Toure, a local farmer and a father of two children, told The Bush Chicken in an interview through an interpreter that he has been an ardent admirer of Weah since 2005 and he vowed last October that he would walk from Guinea to Liberia if Weah wins the presidency.

Toure said his journey from Siguiri on March 30 took him 26 days to reach Kakata, less than 50 km from Monrovia, to see Weah. He called Weah’s achievements unmatched among his peers, especially since he won the African, European and World Best Footballer awards.

“I want to honor him because he is the most achieved personality in Africa because of records in football and now a president for a country,” Toure said. “I want to shake his hands, wash his feet, and drink the water – that’s the way I want to honor Weah as a great man.”

He said his love for Weah caused him to walk such a long distance, and he has no regret taking that journey by foot. Toure said he thinks that seeing Weah would be the greatest achievement of his life and it will provide him with a remarkable memory.

“When I meet the president and go back home, I won’t stop explaining the story about the king of African football who is now a president,” he said. “I don’t need anything from Weah but by shaking his hands – touching him – it’ll will be the best thing in my life.”

The Executive Mansion has not indicated whether Toure will be allowed to meet with the president.

Featured photo by Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel Degleh

Emmanuel has over a decade of experience working as a community radio broadcaster. He is the Margibi correspondent for the Liberia Broadcasting System and currently the acting president of the Margibi Journalist Association. Emmanuel is also a member of the Press Union of Liberia and a 2016 Internews Health Journalism Fellow.

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