As Roma manager Jose Mourinho has revealed why Ghanaian teen sensation Felix Afena-Gyan run to celebrate with him when he scored a brace to help I Giallorossi claim a 2-0 win at Genoa.
The 18-year-old had been just 8 minutes on the field after replacing Eldor Shomurodov on 74 minutes and he brilliantly side-footed an effort to the far left to register the opening goal for Jose Mourinho’s side.
Meanwhile, on the 4th minute of stoppage-time, he netted the insurance goal for I Giallorossi as he translated his impressive form for the Primavera side into the first-team squad.
In a post-match reaction, the Portuguese gaffer explained why the Sunyani-born celebrated with him.
“I had promised to buy Felix the boots he really likes, which are really expensive, they cost €800, so he ran over and told me not to forget! Tomorrow morning, the first thing I do is buy him the boots,” Mourinho told DAZN.
“I am sorry for Mister De Rossi and the Primavera squad, but Felix will stay with us. The Primavera work close to us, so Felix and another four or five players have come across to the senior squad.
“What impressed me the most was his cool head in front of goal. If he is not in terms of technique fantastic, he does have a strong mentality.
“You get these kids now who think they know everything, but he is humble and you can sense he just absorbs all this information from everyone around him. That’s fantastic.”
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