It is now a little over three months since Timothy Weah, the son of President George Weah told the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) that “It will be the best thing for my dad to lead Liberia,” when Liberia’s election was heading to a runoff.
He added, “This time, I feel they will get their votes’ worth and he is going to lead Liberia to a very bright future.”
As 18-year-old Weah expected, his optimism was backed by Liberian voters and his father won.
Since Liberians got to know that their soccer legend has a son that is involved with football and making headlines at PSG’s academy and the United States’ youth team, it remains the expectation of Liberians that the talented striker will make up his mind to wear the number 14 jersey for the Liberian national soccer team, Lone Star.
Although Tim Weah has featured for the United States U-17 team, FIFA’s regulations on eligibility to play for representative teams give Weah the right to send a formal request to the FIFA general secretariat to change Association.
According to Article 7, any player who refers to article 5: 1) to assume a new nationality and who has not played international football in accordance with article 5 par. 2) shall be eligible to play for the new representative team only if he fulfills one of the following conditions:
a) He was born on the territory of the relevant Association;
b) His biological mother or biological father was born on the territory of the relevant Association;
c) His grandmother or grandfather was born on the territory of the relevant Association;
d) He has lived continuously for at least five years after reaching the age of 18 on the territory of the relevant Association.
With this, Weah still has the option to play for the US, Liberia, France, and Jamaica.
Now that the “best thing” has happened to Liberia for Timothy Weah’s father to become president for Liberia and these available options, could it be the best thing for him to play for Lone Star?