Liberian President George Weah on Friday awarded Arsenal’s former long serving manager Arsene Wenger with his country’s highest honour at a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia.
Wenger was Mr Weah’s first European football coach and brought him to Monaco in 1988.
Mr Weah went on to become the only African to win Fifa World Player of the Year, and the first international sports star to become president.
Wenger was inducted into Liberia’s Order of Distinction and has been given the title of Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption.
Some Liberians say that the honour should not have been given to an individual for what they had done for the president personally,
Current coach of the Togolese national team, Claude Le Roy, also received an award alongside Wenger.
Le Roy coached Cameroon in 1988 and recommended that Wenger should sign George Weah, who was playing for Cameroonian side Tonnerre Yaoundé at the time.