Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, will be honoured by Liberia’s president George Weah who was his former player, on Friday 24th of August in Monrovia on the occasion of the the nation’s National Flag Day.
Wenger is being recognised for his role in developing Weah’s football career. The French man brought Weah to Europe from Africa in 1998 when he was the manager of French side, AS Monaco.
Weah is also bestowing an honour on former Cameroon and current Togo manager Claude Le Roy who first alerted Wenger of the player’s potential.
“He (Wenger) was a father figure and regarded me as his son, Weah told The Guardian.
“This was a man, when racism was at its peak, who showed me love. He wanted me to be on the pitch for him every day.”
After starring under Wenger at Monaco, Weah went on to play for AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.
He was named World Footballer of the Year and won the Ballon d’Or and is still the only African player to win either award.