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Arsene Wenger to be honored by President Weah

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Arsene Wenger was George Weah's coach at Paris St-Germain (PSG) in the 1990s
Arsene Wenger was George Weah's coach at Paris St-Germain (PSG) in the 1990s

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to be honored by ex-football star George Weah, who was elected Liberia’s president last year.

Mr. Wenger and another French coach Claude Le Roy are to be decorated later in the week.

“They will be honored by the government of Liberia on 24 August, National Flag Day for their role in President George Weah’s footballing career,” a government spokesman is quoted by the Reuters news agency as saying.

Le Roy told the AFP news agency the pair planned to be in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia, on Friday, for the ceremony to receive the country's "highest distinction".

Mr. Weah, who was raised in a slum in Monrovia, starred at top-flight European football clubs Paris St-Germain (PSG) and AC Milan, before ending his career in England with brief stays at Chelsea and Manchester City.

He is the only African footballer to have won both Fifa World Player of the Year and the prestigious Ballon D'Or.

 


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