Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is scheduled to visit Liberia, where he will receive the country’s highest honour from President George Weah.
President Weah – a former footballer – played for AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1 under Wenger in 1998.
Liberia’s Information Minister Eugene Nagbe confirmed Wenger’s expected visit, saying it would be an appreciation for the Frenchman’s contribution to Africa’s football.
Wenger, who resigned from Arsenal in April after 22 years, coached many African stars during that period, and others from his previous managerial stints in France.
President Weah has said that Wenger “took care of me like his son” when he went to Monaco, adding that “besides God, I think that without Arsène, there was no way I would have made it in Europe”.
The 68-year-old will receive Liberia’s Order of Distinction and be given the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption – the highest rank possible.
The current coach of the Togolese national team, Claude Le Roy, will also get a national honour on Friday.
He coached Cameroon in 1988 and recommended that Wenger should sign George Weah, who was playing for Cameroonian side Tonnerre Yaoundé at the time.