Let me start by telling you how George Weah rose from being a footballer to being a president. According to George Weah, Nelson Mandela was the reason he went into politics, many years ago Mandela gave him political advice. Weah said: "When I had a conversation with Nelson Mandela, he told me that if I was called on to serve my country I must do the right thing. I am acting on that advice.” The question is, how did George Weah get to meet Mandela? Being a footballer gave him that opportunity. There were lots of professor, politicians, preachers and princes who longed to be with Mandela but they never did. But being a footballer gave Weah that rare privilege. Which emphasize the importance of sport. Being a sportsman opens lots of opportunities. In 2002 George Weah retired from football and began his first bid for the Liberian presidency three years later. He lost to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Harvard-educated economist who became Africa's first elected female head of state. The major setback Weah faced particularly among the political elite, was the lack of a proper education. In fact a members of his extended family, James Debbah is cousin said this about Weah in August 2005. “I would be doing a lot of injustice if I vote for him. My reason is that he does not have the necessary governmental experience. He will be brought to public ridicule, as he is a political novice who would not understand the intricacies of politics.” After losing the election, Weah went back to school. A year later 2006 to be precise, at age 40 Weah obtained his SSCE, He went on to study at DeVry University in Florida, where he earned a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's in public administration and in the year 2011 now 45 he obtained his degree. He didn't stop there in 2013 at age 47 he obtained his master’s degree in public administration. In 2014 at age 48, Weah ran for a seat in Liberia's senate instead, which he won. Beating President Sirleaf’s son Robert to represent Montserrado County, which includes the capital Monrovia. In December 2017, Weah ran for president again and he has just been declared the country's president (2017, aged 51) All under 12 years interval. You see how easy it was for him because he has the money, the support was there and ultimately, he did not face most of the problem African students will face, he did not study with pain in the ass, hunger in the belly, threat from lecturers, and lots of other challenges. This one will only be understood by Nigerian. Weah had no ASUU STRIKE to contend with why? Because of football, football gave him money, class, fame, position, wealth, name, the list is endless. If football could give him all this why is football and sport relegated in Africa? According to Wikipedia Weah was born and raised in the Clara Town slum of Monrovia. He is a member of the Kru ethnic group, which hail from south-eastern Liberia's Grand Kru County, one of the poorest areas of the country (mark the word poorest). His father, William T. Weah, Sr was a mechanic while his mother, Anna Quayeweah was a seller. If not for football, Weah won't be half as great as he is. I'm not saying education couldn't get him thus far of course, former president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a Harvard University-trained economist who won a share of the 2011 Nobel peace prize, but tell me where will Weah get the money to educate him? I have high hopes that Weah will develop sport in Liberia, Although was criticised by some Liberians, who believed his attendance and voting record, as well as his contribution to parliamentary debate on sport a committee he headed was below par. But consider that during Liberia's civil war, Weah financed the national team. He used his own money to pay for the national team's kit, to give the players spending money, and he also chartered a flight for the squad so they could travel to matches. During that time, the country's football team was the only good image to come from Liberia when all people saw was the killing. And George made sure the national team was always trying to bring home some pride. I have high hopes that Weah will develop sport. Do you feel the same? Sports have this amazing, unique way of making a positive impact in society. Whether it's helping children, communities or even nations, sports make a difference on a daily basis. Economic Impact. Sports represent a billion-dollar business. According to the Washington Times, When they hosted the World Cup, South Africa spent 3 billion dollars developing their nation, FIFA also spent 1.298 billion dollars in South Africa. South Africa will experience in the long term, a 6 billion dollar economy boost Jobs. Not only do the athletes get employed so also the coaches, referees, agents, fitness trainers, psychologist, sport analyst, journalist, the list is endless. National Unity. It promote National unity. The only time 98% of a country's population are united is when the national team is playing. Improve happiness and Help kids get active. Sports participation can have other major benefits such as mental well-being and increased self-esteem. Sports give a sense of well being, which is also a very important factor when trying to improve happiness. Sports can teach values to young children. Some of these include teamwork, work ethic, fairness, and overcoming adversity. In a nut shell, Sports are a huge boost to developing and non developing nations, through economic boosts, improving health, happiness, and teaching athletes values. If Africa countries can develop sport starting with Liberia who has a former World best player and a balloon d'or winner as president, our economic challenges in Africa is half solved. What do you think? Have a say, drop your comments below.