The heartwarming moment of AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho gave Felix Afena-Gyan a new pair of sneakers after his stunning brace as a late Serie A replacement for Genoa on Sunday was overshadowed by a racist remark made by someone in the room. In a video posted online by the Ghanaian striker on Monday, an unidentified man off camera can be heard saying in Italian “there are bananas inside” as the 18-year-old unwrapped the box he was given Mourinho.
Neither Mourinho nor Afena-Gyan, who spoke in English, reacted to the comment made as the forward unwrapped his gift. The club was not immediately available for comment.
The video, which was shared widely online, came after Afena-Gyan came off the bench to score two stunning goals in Roma’s 2-0 Serie A nL1N2SC0J1 win over Genoa on Sunday. After the match, Mourinho said he “promised to buy him (Afena-Gyan) a pair of shoes he likes which costs 800 euros ($ 899.20)” and the Portuguese coach kept his word.
The teenager, who arrived in Rome from his native Ghana to join the club’s Under-19 team in January, only made his senior debut last month and has yet to start a first-team game . He was signed for the last 15 minutes against Genoa and had a huge impact, slipping in the opener before scoring a superb long-range strike in stoppage time to send Mourinho’s side to fifth in the table. .
“Mourinho teaches me a lot and I learn a lot from him. He is someone who has accomplished a lot in his career and he is a great person. I am happy to work with him,” said Afena-Gyan at Roma website https://www.asroma.com/en/news/2021/11/Felix-thanks-Mourinho-after-star-turn. ($ 1 = € 0.8897)
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