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George Weah decorates Arsène Wenger with Liberia’s Highest Honour

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Former Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger has been decorated with Liberia’s highest honour at a ceremony in Monrovia, BBC Africa is reporting.

Wenger was decorated by football star-turned president George Weah.

Wenger who was Weah’s first European football coach, was inducted into Liberia’s Order of Distinction and has been given the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption.

Wenger brought Weah to Monaco in 1998 and Weah went on to become the only African to win the FIFA World Player of the Year (1995) award.

Some citizens have have criticised the move, saying one should not be honoured by a country for what he did for the president alone, according to BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh.

Defending the move, Liberia’s Information Minister Eugene Nagbe told the BBC that Wenger was honoured because he had “contributed to sports in Africa and has given many Africans opportunities,” not because of his relationship with Weah.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Paye-Layleh/BBC

9 Comments

  1. Ephi

    August 24, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    How exactly did Wenger contribute to sports in Africa? These African leaders sef.

    • Aidyl

      August 24, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      The amount of African players he bought and managed.

  2. Obi-talker

    August 24, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    Truth be told he did help a lot of African players, whose income then got channeled back into the continent’s economy. In this day and age where coaches are been accused of being racist its okay he got honored like this. You never know the value of some pple until some other person shows you pepper

  3. Mr.man

    August 24, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I agree with the giving Africans opportunities in the biggest stages in football part

  4. Ephi

    August 24, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Amount? How many players? What percentage is that number compared to the population of the continent. Please stop joking. The clubs need the players as much as the players need the money.

    If he established a sports academy or something similar to promote sports in the continent, then yes that benefits Africa, not a vague buying/managing African players.

    • Aidyl

      August 24, 2018 at 10:04 pm

      Can you be objective about this? How many player can a manager really make use of in a period of 23years. He work with some African players and promoted them. So a coach of a football club should leave his primary assignment and create a football academy to create an impact right? Lauren, Kanu, Iwobi, Eboue, Sagna, Toure, Adebayo, elneny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Emmanuel Frimpong, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie, Armand Traore, Gervinho, Marouane Chamakh, Alexandre Song. To put things in perspective Sir Alex Ferguson bought about 5 African players to Man Utd while he was in charge. I remember only Quinton fortune as the most successful African player for United just because Alex didn’t fancy African players.

    • Ephi

      August 24, 2018 at 10:44 pm

      And I insist it was for the benefit of those players, it has nothing to do with BENEFITING THE AFRICAN CONTINENT. That is my point.

      Following your logic, we should be celebrating that “Africa” won the world cup since the French team was predominantly Africans, but obviously not, it’s France that won it.

    • Aidyl

      August 25, 2018 at 6:44 am

      I only mentioned African players not French players. Those African players can go ahead to create the football academies and discover more talents in Africa. Its a chain reaction. The phrase teach me how to fish comes to mind. Imagine if these players with resources all created foundations and football academies like Kanu did?

  5. by_stander

    August 25, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Aidyl you get time to dey answer them na, only two types of professions i know can be talking nonsense. They are the ones that don’t want any other profession to work in africa.

    Even if you start the academy sef they will find one way or other to leech it dry so that it can fail. They think every one has nothing to contribute like them.

    Carry on Oga Weah Jarre!

    If the man has never helped anybody in his life, this is an incentive to do so, not just for him also for others in his position.

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