By Roland Malbah
Africa’s greatest footballer, George OppongMannehWeah says French Manager, Arsene Wenger, who now coaches English Premier League outfit, Arsenal built the national team of Liberia the Lone Star. In an interview with 150 countries coverage London based Pitch TV on the program FIFA Football during a visit to Liberia to film the Liberia versus Guinea- Bissau World Cup first leg prelim inary and also interview several football stakeholders and players of the Lone Star, the legendary Weah indicated that “Arsene Wenger built Lone Star, because when he went to Monaco in 1988, other players of the Lone Star followed, which included James Debbah, Joe Nagbe, Kelvin Sebwe, Massar Junior, Thomas Kojo and Christopher Wreh. Thus, seven players from the Lone Star benefited from Arsene’s training which helped them and the national team a lot”.
The 1995 Ballond’or winner recounted how he got in touch with then Cameroon national team head Coach, French man Claude Le Roy, who was keen to know where he Weah was from as he did wonders at Tonerre. “Le Roy asked me which country are you from and I said Liberia. He asked Liberia? Which country is that? Do they play football there? Le Roy had to get a map of Africa to find Liberia on it”. The former wizard dribbler further narrated that in the presence of his close friend on Tonerre at the time, Captain Stephen Tataw, Le Roy said he had some of his friends in France who were Coaches and that he was going to invite them to see Weah in action in Cameroon.
“When the delegation from France arrived in Cameroon, “I was injured as I sprang my wrist during the African games in Togo. I however insisted that I wanted to play, but I was told that I could not because of the injury”.
The former African footballer of the year stated that he then went to the bathroom, opened the fossil, placed his hand in the sink as the water soaked the cast on his hand and was able to be moved. He noted that he then went to tell the Tonerre authorities that he was fit to play. “General Mbemi told everyone that I should play because I had my body and I said I was not feeling any pain, and they agreed. I performed very well during the match in Cameroon with the Monaco delegation impressed, thus my trip to France with AS Monaco came to the fore”. The iconic, peerless and matchless Weah noted.