Another Ex-Player Eyes Presidency
Former Malian midfielder Mohammed Lamine Sissoko has disclosed his plans to follow in the footsteps of President George Weah by becoming his country’s leader.
Weah defied all odds to become the first retired footballer to occupy the highest seat of governance when he was voted as the President of Liberia two months ago.
And during an interview with Xalima, former Juventus, Valencia and Liverpool enforcer, Momo Sissoko expressed his determination to tow the path of Mr. Weah in the near future.
“I’m preparing it…I know it will be complicated, but we must dream in life. It must also be given the means to succeed,” he explained to Xalima.com.
But before that, the 33-year-old wants to stay more in the game so as to improve the standard of football in his country.
“I’ve always been in football since I was young, so my real goal is to give to the young people all my experiences, all the beautiful things that I know through football,” he concluded.
Sissoko, who gained popularity among Malians during his stay at Liverpool, was capped 34 times with Mali, scoring two goals in the process.
Earlier this year, another former Liverpool star El Hadji Diouf said he is eying career in politics with ambition to become President of Senegal.
The controversial figure also wants to follow in the footsteps of President Weah.
The controversial forward also featured for Sunderland, Blackburn, Bolton and Leeds.
“I am looking after myself and my family,” Diouf was quoted as saying by Four Four Two having last played in 2015 for Sabah FA in 2015. “For many years I used to think about football but I have a new career and it is a political career.
“I have taken the decision to do politics because I have people waiting for me to change things in my country and I’m ready to do that because I want to be the soldier of the youngsters.
“My future is defined. In the next two years I’ll be joining politics, because I know from that point I can change a lot in football.
“I have a lot of passion for politics, and I have people in Senegal who are mentoring me. That is the future for me, because a lot of Senegalese people are able to listen to me.
“I took high-level coaching courses, but decided not to continue since I have better plans for things I want to do.”
On January 22, 2018, Weah has been sworn in as president of Liberia, the first peaceful democratic transfer of power in the West African country in more than seven decades.
Weah won 61.5 percent of the votes in December’s election run-off, beating then Vice President Joseph Boakai who garnered 38.5 percent of the ballot.
Voter turnout was 55.8 percent, or just over 1.2 million people, according to the National Elections Commission (NEC).
The former world footballer of the year succeeded Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa’s first elected female President.
Weah entered politics after retiring from football in 2002 and ran for the presidency in 2005 but lost to Madam Sirleaf.