Liberia President George Weah presented coaches Arsene Wenger and Claude LeRoy with the country's highest accolade, at a grand red-carpet ceremony held in the capital Monrovia.
The two French coaches were behind Weah's success as a young footballer having provided him the opportunity to prove his worth after spotting the Liberian's immense potential.
As stated by France24, Wenger was praised for the "development of the youth in Africa," all through his managing career and helped many great African footballers boost their careers.
Wenger was presented with the distinction of the Humane Order of African Redemption which is the the highest honour in Liberia.
"Your positive role has not only affected the professional success and personal life journey of many African footballers, but also the entire generation of young Liberians who follow President Weah as a mentor," the ceremony's speaker told Wenger.
The 68-year-old Wenger was welcomed at Liberia’s international airport in Harbel by hundreds of fans in Arsenal shirts, alongside the country’s minister of youth and sports, Zoegar Wilson.
However, there were opposition politicians who faulted Weah’s plans to hand Wenger Liberia's highest award, saying the ex-Arsenal manager's efforts had not directly impacted the country.
"The nation's highest honour cannot be given to somebody who has not done something directly for the country," opposition politician Darius Dillion told local media.
Wenger signed Weah when he was in Monaco back in 1988 while Le Roy met the young Weah while in charge of Cameroon's national side.
The Liberian President spent four season in Monaco before moving to Paris Saint-Germain, and then to Serie A side AS Milan in 1995.
"He had signed to Tonnerre Yaounde and came to Cameroon national squad training even though he was a Liberian. I was dazzled by his talent and called Arsene," Le Roy told AFP.
The 51-year-old Weah quit active football in 2003, and turned his focus to politics, failing to land the Liberian job in his first attempt in 2005.
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