The previous Arsenal supervisor was given the award alongside Claude Le Roy, who’s a longterm good friend of each Weah and Wenger on the ceremony within the nation’s capital, Monrovia Friday.
Wenger, 68, obtained Liberia’s Order of Distinction and was conferred with the Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption – the very best doable rank, in response to the nation’s Data Ministry.
Though Wenger has an in depth reference to the continent and coached many African gamers throughout his time at Arsenal, some Liberians questioned why he obtained the award.
“Nobody is aware of what Wenger did for Liberia to deserve that highest honour,” Twitter person Stanley Kenani wrote.
One other Reward Obialo requested “What is the foundation for awarding Wenger Liberia’s highest award. Weah ought to give his household’s highest award as a result of he’s the one which benefited immediately from Wenger.”
Some commentators have noticed that it could be an inappropriate use of the nation’s highest honor, which was established in 1879.
The previous Arsenal supervisor arrived within the nation on Thursday to a hero’s welcome as excited followers mobbed him on the airport. One individual reportedly named a child after him.
Weah performed underneath Wenger for the French Ligue 1 membership – Monaco in 1998 and has typically spoken of how instrumental he was in his profession.
He has described him as “a father determine” in previous interviews and spoke of how Wenger inspired him to work laborious and maintain going, regardless of how powerful the state of affairs.
Weah is a former FIFA World Participant of the 12 months and received Ballon d’Or in 1995. He stays the one African participant to have received these awards.
Father and son
Wenger first met Weah within the late 1980s when he was a supervisor of Monaco in 1988.
Claude Le Roy, who was then Cameroon Nationwide Group coach, had first seen a younger Weah on the native membership Tonnerre Yaounde.
The striker received the African Footballer of the 12 months award in 1989, after his first 12 months on the membership.
After a prolific profession that noticed him prove for PSG, Milan, Chelsea and Manchester Metropolis, Weah retired in 2003 and pursued a profession in politics and have become the primary worldwide sportsman to develop into president.