The Chief Patron of Sports, President George Weah has bestowed the country’s highest honor on several international football coaches.
International football coaches handed Liberia’s highest honors Friday are, former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, current Togo national team coach Claude Le Roy, former Liberia national team coaches, Frank Jericho Nagbe, Viva George and former Basketball President Gbor Wilson.
They were decorated and honored in the Humane Order of African Redemption and conferred upon with the grade of Knight Grand Commander for their respective services to humanity in Liberia.
“In consideration of your numerous contributions to the cost of humanity, especially for the development of the youth of Africa, I George Manneh Weah, do hereby admit you [Arsene Wenger] into the Order of African Redemption, and confer upon you Knight Grand Commander,”, the citation for the honoring said.
The citation further added;
“You proved yourself as “The Teacher” when you revolutionized the approach of scouting players throughout the planet particularly, throughout Africa and the African Diaspora. With this approach, you recruited some of the finest soccer professionals the world may ever know, including the legendary World Best, European Best and Africa’s Best H.E Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of the Republic of Liberia. Your positive role has not only impacted the professional success and personal life journey of many African football athletes, but also an entire generation of young Liberians who follow president Weah as a mentor for which you have won a special place in the hearts of many Liberians. You will always be remembered for your service to humanity by the immense impact you made throughout the promotion of many young people across the globe, particularly in Africa on the international sports scene.”
Frank Jericho Nagbe and Viva George played on the national team, before coaching the team at different periods.
The two were part of the technical staff of the Lone Star team commonly called the George Weah 11 that played at two Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Arsene Wenger gave current Liberian leader George Weah his first professional contract in Europe after a recommendation from Claude Leroy who is presently coaching Togo.
The honors were bestowed on the football tacticians at a program held in observance of the 171st anniversary of the Liberian Flag.
Meanwhile, the 68-year-old former Monaco and Arsenal coach has stressed the need for Liberia to invest in the grassroots football program.
Arsene Wenger said if Liberia is to get back to where George Weah and others left it, serious attention should be given grassroots football program.
Arsene Wenger coached thousands of great footballers including many Africans and Liberian players.
Beside coaching current Liberia Leader George Weah, Wenger coach James Debbah, and Christopher Wreh both at Monaco and Arsenal.
Besides the honors bestowed upon the two European coaches, President Weah also added new names to the two.
Wenger was named Arsene Charles Ernest Wenger and Le Roy called Claude Marie Francois Le Roy on their visit to Liberia.