Twenty-five years after making his debut with French League One club, Paris Saint Germain, President George Manneh Weah became one of the proudest dad over the weekend after his son, Timothy Weah, debuted for the same French club.
The 18-year-old forward was named in the squad to face Troyes AC after the club decided to rest several first team players for their crucial UEFA Champions League knockout match against Spanish giants, Real Madrid. Timothy made his debut, coming in at the 79th minute to replace Argentine midfielder, Giovanni Lol Celso.
The young Weah started in style as he quickly made an impact with some attacks and a shot on target to help Paris Saint Germain grab a 2-0 win away from home.
Unfortunately for Liberian fans, there’s a slim chance of the 18-year-old wearing the red, white and blue outfit of the Lone Star. He has already represented the United States of America at the youth level and is very close to making a senior appearance, especially with his latest development at Paris Saint Germain.
Since becoming a professional footballer, Weah has gone on to represent the United States at the U-14, U-15 and U-17 levels. His greatest success with the United States youth team was with the U-17 team, where he has scored four times from 17 appearances, including a hat-trick against Paraguay at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted in India.
With the young Weah yet to make an appearance for the United States’ senior team in either friendly or FIFA-sanctioned matches, there’s still a chance of him switching to Liberia’s Lone Star. However, the possibility of playing for Liberia looks slim, especially given that Liberia’s national team that has failed to qualify for any international football competition since 2002.
Still, some Liberians hope President George Weah can influence his son to represent the country he himself represented 60 times.
Born in the United States, Timothy Weah began his career with BW Gottschee, a team in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy system. He was later transferred to the New York Red Bulls Academy in 2013. Later in 2013, he made a move to Europe for a trial with Chelsea F.C in the English Premier League.
After a year with Chelsea, he moved to France in 2014 to join the Paris Saint-Germain Academy. In his first start with the academy team, he scored a hat-trick in an 8–1 victory for PSG over Bulgarian side Ludogorets in the UEFA Youth League.
Featured photo courtesy of PSG