Arsene Wenger insists that he is “not aware of any honour” and has only come to Liberia to visit former player President George Weah
On Tuesday this week, it was announced that the Frenchman was to be awarded for his role in helping develop Weah’s football career on Friday in the country’s capital Monrovia.
Information Minister Eugene Nagbe told the BBC that Wenger would be inducted into the country’s Order of Distinction and would also be awarded the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption, which is Liberia’s highest honour.
But Wenger has now denied any knowledge of this upon arriving at the Roberts International Airport, in Lower Margibi County.
“I am not aware of any honour. I just came here to visit, because I promised George that one day, I will visit Liberia, and in return, I do not expect anything like an award or honour. I am happy to be here,” said Wenger, according to AllAfrica.
Wenger brought Weah over to Europe in 1988 while in charge of AS Monaco and to this day the Liberian president describes as a father figure.
Weah had his most successful spells at Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan in his playing career.
After retiring in 2003, Weah went into politics and won last year’s presidential election by a landslide.