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Mourinho reveals promise he made to record-breaking Ghana youngster

Felix Afena-Gyan
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Ghanaian teenage forward Felix Afena-Gyan stole the show by scoring two brilliant goals to help Roma beat Genoa 2-0 at the weekend.

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AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho has promised to buy Felix Afena-Gyan a new pair of ‘really expensive’ boots after his stunning brace.

The 18-year-old Ghanaian came off the bench in the final 15 minutes of Roma’s Serie A clash against Genoa on Sunday to score two match-winning goals.

The first of the two strikes was Afena-Gyan’s maiden Giallorossi goal. The teenager did so by expertly firing an angled drive into the back to put his side into the lead. In the process, he became the first Serie A player born in 2003 to score.

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Mourinho’s promise

The first thing Afena-Gyan did after scoring his first Roma goal was to run over to Mourinho and celebrate with the coach, who revealed what the youngster said to him after the match.

“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.

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“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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Afena-Gyan also smashed a sensational curler into the far top corner to seal a 2-0 win for Roma to add two more feats to his mantle.