After promising to score a goal, AS Roma’s manager gave his 18-year old wonderkid a pair Balenciaga sneakers.
Jose Mourinho made good on his word after Ghanaian international Felix Afena-Gyan came off the bench and scored two rapid-fire goals within 10 minutes, giving Roma the 2-0 victory over Genoa Sunday.
Mourinho called the teenager into his locker room on Monday and gave him a shiny, gold bag. Inside were the sneakers valued at $900.
“I’m extremely delighted. Grateful to Mister,”After posting footage of himself getting kicks, Afena Gyan posted the following tweet:
Mourinho revealed his plans to the world after Sunday’s game.
“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 spoke to DAZN, an Italian sports outlet, Sunday night.
Mourinho was also impressed by the calmness and coolness of the teen in front the net, which led to two rocket goals.
“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,”He told DAZN. “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.
“Felix has this type of intensity, he presses the opposition, forces them to make mistakes and gave a different intensity to the side,”He added.
AfenaGyan dedicated his victory Sunday to his mom.
“I LOVE YOU MUM @juliet_adubea. Your prayers keep me going. This is for You,”Twitter was his platform.
His mom, Juliet Adubea, replied saying, “I LOVE U SON Can’t thank God enough’ u ‘re a HEROE IM really proud of u God bless u so very much once again ‘I LOVE u MORE.”
Afena-Gyan had not played professionally before joining Roma in 2021. He was still playing schoolboy football in Ghana in 2019 then the pandemic hit and slowed down his gameplay before scouts from the Italian team noticed his ability and signed him for the youth team where Mourinho really took notice of his ability.
Sunday was the teenager’He made his third appearance for the club during this season. He was awarded the club’s third appearance of the season. “Man of the Match.”
AfenaGyan’s second goal is being hailed as the best match of the season.