– To Receive Honor From Weah
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expected to travel to Liberia this weekend to receive the west African country’s highest honor for his role in the development of the football career of President George Weah.
According to ESPN News, another of Weah’s coaches in his formative years, Claude Le Roy, is also expected to be awarded the country’s highest honor.
“They will be honored by the government of Liberia on August 24, National Flag Day for their role in President George Weah’s footballing career,” a spokesman told the ESPN news.
“Both coaches will be awarded the honor at an investiture ceremony in Monrovia.”
It was Wenger who took Weah from Africa in 1988 to play for Ligue 1 side Monaco, where the Frenchman was manager at the time, after a tip off from his compatriot Le Roy who first saw Weah playing in Cameroon.
Weah went on to play for AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea. In 1995 he was named World Footballer of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or, still the only African to win either award.
Weah’s popularity from his footballing career saw him won a landslide run-off victory last December in Liberia’s presidential election.