Liberia’s President George Weah has decorated former Arsenal football club manager Arsène Wenger with the 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, reports the BBC’s Jonathan Paye-Layleh from the capital, Monrovia.
Liberia’s Information Minister Eugene Nagbe told the BBC the award was not only about Mr Weah’s personal connection with Wenger, but was a way to recognize that the Frenchman had “contributed to sports in Africa and has given many Africans opportunities”.