Arsene Wenger in Liberia with a baby named after him. Amazing photo. pic.twitter.com/sZdnYGvMGK
— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) August 23, 2018
Arsène Wenger was presented with a baby to hold in Liberia who was reportedly named after the former Arsenal manager.
Wenger is set to become a Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption at the behest of the president, and player with whom he is credited with discovering, George Weah.
But AFP quote a dubious Liberian population at a time of rising inflation and other economic worries.
Unsure as to whether the country’s highest distinction should be given to the manager who signed the current head of state for Monaco in 1988, newspaper Front Page Africa writes:
This Knight Grand Commander of the Humane Order of African Redemption title, which the nation can bestow upon Liberian and non-Liberian alike, should not be about the personal connection between the President and Wenger or Le Roy.
Daniel Neufville, an analyst in the capital city of Monrovia, agrees:
Such titles should be given to someone who has served the nation in a distinguished manner.
But Andy Quamie, deputy minister of youths and sports, claims:
If Arsene Wenger and Le Roy had not exposed George Weah he would not have been the pride of an entire nation today.
They helped Liberia in a distinguished way by helping someone who has become president of our nation…
Consequently, Arsene Wenger and Claude Le Roy contributed highly to our nation’s pride.
Chairman of the Arsenal Fans of Monrovia group, Thomas Gbukpa, is happy:
This is a great day for us.
Since I was born I have been a fan of Arsenal.
To hear that our president is honouring Arsene Wenger who is the spiritual father of our club, I am delighted.
However, upon his arrival on Thursday, Wenger is said to have told the media he was not aware of any honour and had come to East Africa to visit President Weah.
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