Arsène Wenger Receives Liberia’s Highest Honour
Liberian President and former football star George Weah on Friday awarded ex-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with the country’s highest honor – the Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption – in a ceremony for services to African football that included launching Weah’s own acclaimed career.
“You proved yourself as a teacher when you revolutionized forever the approach of scouting young talents all over the planet, particularly throughout Africa,” Reuters quoted Weah as saying of Wenger during a ceremony in the capital Monrovia.
Thousands of spectators clapped and cheered as Wenger received his medal in a hall at the national stadium adorned with the national red, white and blue.
— Louis Jadwong (@Jadwong) August 25, 2018
Thousands more listened to the ceremony on the radio in the stadium, once a shelter for people displaced by a civil war that ended fifteen years ago.
Former @Arsenal head coach, Arsene Wenger was at the SKD Stadium in #Paynesville, #Liberia where he watched two games. #ManUtd supporters club against #Arsenal Supporters club and an academy match featuring Cece United academy and Monrovia Football Academy.
— T. Kla Wesley Jr. 🇱🇷 (@WesleyKla) August 23, 2018
Prior to the conferment of the national honour, both Wenger and Weah went to the field to see Monrovia Football Academy youngsters showcase their football talents in a match against Cece United Academy.