Wenger lands in Liberia to receive award from president Weah

Africa Focus By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 23/08/2018

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger landed in Liberia ahead of being awarded the country’s highest honour by his former player and president George Weah.

The Frenchman brings Weah to Monaco arrived state capital Monrovia a move that kick-started his meteoric rise in football which saw him become the first and only African player to win the World Player of the Year, in 1995.

The 51-year-old ex-striker was elected as president last year and has decided to honour Wenger and fellow French coach Claude Le Roy on Friday, August 24, after they both played huge roles in his career. 

Le Roy discovers former AC Milan and Chelsea star playing in Cameroon side Tonnerre Yaounde in the late 80s and recommended him to then Monaco manager Wenger.

Wenger will be given the honour of the Humane Order of African Redemption with the rank of Knight Grand Commander.

The award not only conveys their personal connection but also that he 'has contributed to sports in Africa and has given many Africans opportunities, according to information minister Eugene Nagbe. 

Wenger has coached 16 African players, including Kolo Toure Emmanuel Eboue, Lauren, Nwankwo Kanu Victor Ikpeba, Alex Iwobi, Emmanuel Adebayor, Gervinho, Mohammed Eleny, Christopher Wreh Marouane Chamakh, Alexander Song, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.