Monrovia- Arsene Wegner, former coach of European Football teams AS Monaco and Arsenal is to receive Liberia’s highest honor for the part he played in the development of the country’s President, George Weah footballing career.
Also to be awarded is Claude Le Roy, former Director of Football at Paris Saint Germain where President George Weah played between 1992-1995. Wegner and Le Roy are expected to be awarded on August 24, 2018, also a National Holiday; a day recognized as the nation’s flag day.
While coaching the Cameroonian national team between 1985-88, Claude Le Roy noticed the talent of George Weah who was then playing in Cameroon for Tonnerre Yaounde. Le Roy immediately contacted his fellow Frenchman, Arsene Wegner, then coach of Monaco. Wegner took Weah to France to play for Monaco in 1988, and from there, his career hit the spotlight.
From Monaco, Weah went on to play for AC Milan, Paris St Germain and Chelsea. While at AC Milan, he won the FIFA World Footballer of the Year and Ballo d’Or in 1995; and he still remains the only African to have won both awards.
Both Wegner and Le Roy will be awarded the honor in a ceremony in Monrovia.
Few Liberians who spoke to The Liberian Billboard said they welcome the move by President Weah to honor both men as it is important to show appreciation to people who have been there for you. They said, President Weah action is a mark of humility, which in itself is a true representation of good leadership.