The news that Liberian President George Weah is to award his former football coach, Arsène Wenger, with the country’s highest honour has generated some controversy in Liberia.
Some people are saying that it should not be given to an individual for what they have done for the president personally.
Wenger will be inducted into the country’s Order of Distinction and be given the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption – the highest rank possible – on Friday.
It is an honour normally bestowed on people for their work that impacts broader society.
President Weah, the only African to have been named World Player of the Year, was signed by Wenger in 1988 when the Frenchman coached Monaco.
He said that Wenger “took care of me like his son” when he went to Monaco, adding that “besides God, I think that without Arsène, there was no way I would have made it in Europe”.
Wenger, who stepped down as Arsenal manager in May after 22 years, is credited for nurturing several African stars during his career.
COVER PHOTO: George Weah (left, pictured here in 1993) has said that Arsène Wenger (right) “took care of me like his son”. Photo Credit: Getty Images