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Monday, 16 September, 2002, 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK
Weah ready for Liberia comeback
Weah is close-marked by Nigeria's Julius Aghahowa
Weah played his last match against Nigeria at Mali 2002
George Weah has told BBC Sport Online that he is willing to assist Liberia, following their 3-0 loss to Guinea in their opening Nations Cup qualifier.

"If Liberians need my help, I am ready to serve my country in regards to sports," he said.

Weah did not specify whether he would return as a player or coach.

Weah, who quit as team captain and technical director of the national team after the 2002 African Nations Cup, said he was not surprised with Liberia's poor result.

"The team was gathered in four days, with no preparation. Players were coming from their holidays to play in the national side," he added.

"The players were not fit for the match, apart from one or two who are coming from competitive clubs." .

Speaking from the United Arab Emirates where he plays club football for Al-Jazira, Weah said it was important that Liberia sought solutions to the problems of the national team.

Playing, financing and coaching the Lone Star, Weah had a central role in Liberia's qualification for the 1996 and 2000 Nations Cup.

The former African and World Player of the Year said that anyone showing a lack of form must be excluded from the national side.

Weah's popularity in Liberia has not left him without his critics.

Ex-Arsenal player Christopher Wreh said Weah's management of the national team was "a one man show," in which he failed to provide the team with proper leadership.

But the ex-AC Milan player said he was not disturbed by the remarks of his former colleague.

"Wreh has been trying to find a club and hasn't been successful," said Weah.

"He is so frustrated that he wants to push the blame on me."

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