George Weah's Son Scores Hat-trick for the US at U-17 World Cup
It prompts the question: if his dad becomes President of Liberia as he's likely to do, will Timothy Weah switch to playing for Liberia?
With his father, former AC Milan striker George Weah, set to run in the second round of the Liberian presidential election, Timothy Weah is proving himself worth of the Weah family name by excelling on the field at the under 17 World Cup. But the likely first-son of Liberia is not playing for his father's country—he's playing for the USA.
Born in New York City in 2000, the 17 year old American national has been signed to Paris Saint-Germain and with his incredible showing at this year's tournament is probably aiming for the club's first team.
Timothy Weah with a beautiful strike for USA u17 pic.twitter.com/ZlKX99UrTA
— Charles Brolin (@brolo397) October 16, 2017
His second strike in particular, a brilliant curling effort from the edge box into the top corner, was reminiscent of his father - who scored a memorable solo goal for Milan against Verona in 1996.
Timothy Weah, son of Liberia football legend George Weah has signed his first pro contract at PSG until 2020 @OfficialTimWeah 🇱🇷 pic.twitter.com/IBDrlm9uhF
— DiskiStyle (@DiskiStyle) July 4, 2017
Timothy Weah's father meanwhile, the 1995 Ballon d'Or winner an FIFA player of the year, is leading in Liberia's presidential first round. As of yesterday he was leading the pack of 20 candidates with 39 percent of the count and Liberia's current Vice President Joseph Boakai with 29 percent. As of yesterday, fewer that 5 percent of the country's polling stations had reported. A candidate must get over 50 percent of the total vote to win the presidency on the first round. With that looking unlikely a second round has been declared for November 7th.
George Weah hits the headlines in the Liberia election & his son Timothy Weah smashes Paraguay single handed @ the FIFA U'17 World Cup pic.twitter.com/EkvgReObhT
— Nana Kwaku Agyemang (@kwasinom) October 16, 2017
If George Weah wins the Liberian election there are a lot of urgent issues he'll have to deal—the biggest one perhaps being the state of the country's various infrastructure networks as illustrated by a comment from his son yesterday.
As reported by ESPN, when Timothy Weah was asked whether his dad has heard the good news about his game he said:
"There isn't a lot of connectivity in Liberia so I couldn't text my father. I texted my mom. She told me to get down on my knees and thank God for scoring a hat trick and now focus on my next game."