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7 Amazing Lesser Known Facts about Felix Afena-Gyan

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Teenage sensation Felix Afena-Gyan only joined the Roma youth academy in January, but the 18-year-old Jose Mourinho discovery is headline news after his brace against Genoa in the Italian Serie A.

The forward came off the bench at Marassi on Sunday evening [21st November 2021] with the score still locked at 0-0 and scored both goals to give the Giallorossi their 2-0 victory.

It was just his third Serie A appearance, having also been a substitute against Cagliari on October 27 and Milan on October 31.
 
Felix already made his mark with the Roma Primavera youth team this season, finding the net six times in just five games.
 
Born in January 2003 in Sunyani, he was still playing schoolboy football in Ghana until January 2021, when picked up by Roma via the EurAfrica FC Academy.
 
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Morgan De Sanctis was the key to Felix’s move to Italy, as he was so impressed during a scouting mission that he locked the talent down to a contract until June 2023.
 
In turn, Felix jumped at the chance to play for Roma, having become a fan when he watched their epic comeback from a 4-1 first leg defeat to beat Barcelona 3-0 in the Champions League quarter-final in April 2018.
 
Within a couple of months, he was already getting some training sessions and call-ups with the senior squad under coach Paulo Fonseca, even though he had to wait for Mourinho to make his debut.
 
Afena-Gyan is the first player born in 2003 to score in the Italian top flight and it was only his third appearance.
 
Afena-Gyan was handed a debut call-up to the senior national team of Ghana for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier against South Africa and Ethiopia but failed to turn up due to sporting reasons.
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