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Felix Afena-Gyan compared to Barcelona & Cameroon legend Eto’o

Felix Afena-Gyan, Samuel Eto’o
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A superb brace for AS Roma at the weekend has propelled the Ghanaian youngster into the spotlight.

Felix Afena-Gyan’s agent has highlighted similar qualities the striker shares with Barcelona and Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o.

The 18-year-old Ghanaian stepped into the spotlight on Sunday by scoring his first two Serie A goals in a 15-minute cameo to lead AS Roma to a 2-0 win over Genoa.

His exploits have earned praise from Giallorossi manager Jose Mourinho, who intends to buy him new €800 boots.

Now Afena-Gyan’s agent, Oliver Arthur, has compared the youngster to another African who once starred under Mourinho at Serie A rivals Inter Milan.

“Because of his physical structure, power and speed, Afena-Gyan looks like Eto’o, but we must tread carefully,” he told Tele Radio Stereo.

Why didn’t Afena-Gyan play for Ghana this month?

The teenage star couldn’t accept a first senior call-up to the Ghana national team during the last international break due to problems with documentation.

“There were no problems, everything was slowed down by the bureaucratic difficulties related to the documents that Rome had to send to Ghana to keep the boy in Italy,” Arthur explained.

“Felix is happy with the call, but he doesn’t want it to be a one-off. He wants to train and grow to be part of the Ghana national team permanently. He is loved in Africa and everybody speaks about him. Everyone wants to interview him.”