A very thin line separates politics and sports.
Players in both disciplines are constantly under the constant criticisms and scrutiny of the public eye.
Political actors and sports athletes are also heavily involved in tribal warfare with politicians representing political parties and footballers representing clubs and countries.
As such it should come as no surprise when athletes cross the divide and delve into politics, it is after all a shared experience.
Below are some of the athletes who have crossed over into politics.
Arguably Zimbabwe’s greatest player and most prolific striker. Sukuzonke left a lasting mark on the football field and now he aspires to do likewise in the political arena. Last year he announced that he will be contesting for presidency in the upcoming 2023 presidential elections.
Former Highlanders and Coventry City goal poacher will be the face of the Opposition All People Party (APP) when the people go to the plebiscite.
George Weah rose from humble beginnings in a slum to play for some of Europe’s best teams, garnering an array of footballing accolades along the way.
He then turned his sights on politics and, after a number of failed attempts, won elected office as senator in 2014. He later landed Liberia’s top job and is the 25th current president of Liberia.
The Kenyan long distance runner rose to prominence when he crossed the 2012 Boston Marathon in first place.
Two years later he was also first in the member of parliamentarian race in his country.
In the Philippines, legendary fighter Manny Pacquiao first won election to congress in 2010 and is a senator today.
In 2021, he said he will run for president in the 2022 elections.
Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at its national convention on Sunday, saying that the Filipino people have been waiting for a change of government