Roma: Who is Felix Afena-Gyan, the new Ghanaian sensation?


Roma: Who is Felix Afena-Gyan, the new Ghanaian sensation? felix Afena-Gyan – photo credit: icon sport

Felix Ohene Afena-Gyan’s name has been on the lips of Giallorossi and African football fans since Sunday evening. Substitute for José Mourinho’s Roma on Matchday 13 of Italian Serie A in Marassi, the 18-year-old signed his two goals at the end of the match in the 0-2 victory against Genoa. What to be interested in the Ghanaian nugget with the easy trigger.

Afena-Gyan made the headlines around the world this Monday morning after his brace against Genoa in the elite Italian league with AS Roma. While this match of the 13th day of Serie A was at a deadlock of 0-0, the one who only joined the club’s youth academy in the Italian capital last January, entered the 74 and has changed the course of the match.

Entering 15 minutes from the end of a meeting where Andry Shevchenko made his debut on the bench of Genoa, a double in the 82nd and 94th minutes from Afena-Gyan sealed a 0-2 success for the Giallorossi. Two goals in three Serie A appearances for the discovery of José Mourinho. Because the Ghanaian was a substitute in these first 3 matches of the Italian elite. First against Cagliari on October 27, against Milan on October 31, then last Sunday in Genoa.

But before being revealed by the Special One, Afena-Gyan is nothing new to football fans in Italy. He has already proven himself with the Roma Primavera youth team this season where he already has 6 goals in 5 matches. Born in Sunyani in west-central Ghana in West Africa, he competed in school competitions in Ghana before landing at Roma via EurAfrica FC Academy last January.

According to FootballItalia, Morgan De Sanctis was the key to the young Ghanaian’s transfer to Italy. AS Roma’s Deputy Managing Director was said to have been so impressed on a scouting mission that he offered Afena-Gyan a contract until June 2023. Afena-Gyan has since gone through training sessions and invitations with the senior Giallorossi team led by coach Paulo Fonseca.

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