Liberia’s opposition politician, Darius Dillon has heavily criticised the decision made by the George Weah to award former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger with the country’s highest honour.
Liberian president Weah, who was elected in 2017 and sworn in earlier this year, has concluded plans to give Wenger the Humane Order of African Redemption with the rank of Knight Grand Commander at a ceremony scheduled to take place on Friday.
Another French coach, Claude Le Roy will also receive the same award.
Both coaches played big roles in the glittering football career of Weah and the decision to honour them was criticised by Dillon on Wednesday.
According to him, Weah should not be using his office to honour those who only played a role in his “personal life.”
The decision to honour the aforementioned coaching duo was confirmed by the Liberian Sports Minister, D. Zeogar Wilson, with Wenger expected to receive his award in person during Friday’s ceremony.
Claude Le Roy discovered Weah while he was playing for a Cameroonian club in the late 80s and recommended him to Wenger.
Wenger, who was the coach of French Ligue 1 giants Monaco, took the advice and signed him to the club.
He went on to play for the club and other European heavyweights like Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), AC Milan and Chelsea.
George Weah became the first and only African to win the FIFA world player of the year award in 1995 while he was still playing for seven-time European champions AC Milan.