Monrovia, 24 Aug 2018: Liberian President George Weah’s former coach Arsene Wenger and three Liberian sports icons have been decorated with the country’s highest honor – the Humane
Order of the Star of African Redemption with various grades.
President George M. Weah and His Former Coach Arsene Wenger
Our Monrovia correspondent reports that Coach Wenger received Knight Grand Commander while Togo’s coach
Claude LeRoy was given Knight Commander.
Former Lone Star coach Alhaji Frank Jericho Nagbe, former national coah
Vava George and basketball icon and administrator, Ms B. Wilson, all
were decorated with the grade of Commander in the Star of Africa.
Coach Wenger Visiting President George Weah
The west African nation of Ghana Earlier, was decorated with the Knight Grand Band in the Humane Order of African redemption for it’s contributions to peace and development in Liberia.
In a very brief remark , President Weah urged all Liberians “to use this day to focus more on those things that unite us rather than those that divide us.”
By Tepitapia Sannah in Monrovia
West African Journal
Coach Arsene Wenger
Plans have been finalized in the Liberian capital Monrovia for the government to decorate Arsene Wenger, the soccer coach who first signed George Weah into European football leading to Weah’s successful career, with Liberia’s highest honour on August 24, an official source confirmed Tuesday.
President George Weah and Coach Arsene Wenger
Wenger first signed Weah at the French side AS Monaco where the Liberian striker made his debut in international football leading him to a successful career where he won topmost accolades including world best footballer.
Our Monrovia correspondent reports that Weah, however, never participated in the World Cup because Liberia never qualified to take part in football’s biggest jamboree.
Liberian critics, in reaction to the planned investiture, say they believe Liberia’s national honorary decorations are reserved to honour persons who immensely served the nation or overwhelmingly contributed to its development, and not for individuals who merely guided and individual Liberian on a career path.
Flag of Liberia
However, a government statement credits coach Arsene Wenger for bringing Weah to international limelight which ultimately motivated he (Weah) to turn his eyes on Liberia’s topmost job and become President of the small West African nation in January, this year.
Reporting by Tepitapia Sannah in Monrovia
West African Journal Magazine