Jose Mourinho: When Sacked AS Roma Coach Gifted Afena Gyan Expensive Shoes After Debut Goals

Jose Mourinho: When Sacked AS Roma Coach Gifted Afena Gyan Expensive Shoes After Debut Goals

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Italian club AS Roma
  • The Portuguese gaffer gave Felix Afena-Gyan his debut
  • Afena-Gyan left AS Roma to join US Cremonese in 2022

Jose Mourinho and Ghanaian youngster Felix Afena-Gyan shared a father-and-son relationship during their time together at Italian outfit AS Roma.

The Portuguese manager gave the then-18-year-old his Serie A debut in 2021, with the youngster hogging the headlines following his performance against Cagliari.

Afena-Gyan became an instant hit a week later after scoring a brace, his first two goals in the Italian league, as AS Roma defeated Genoa.

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Jose Mourinho gifts Ghanaian youngster Felix Afena-Gyan new shoes. Credit: @ASRoma @SerieA
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Mourinho had promised the youngster before the match he would buy him a pair of Balenciaga shoes if he scored in that game.

The Ghanaian international was then surprised by the manager, who called him to his office to deliver his promise.

"I promised him a very expensive pair of shoes, for 800 euros, and he came to me to make sure I didn't forget," Mourinho told broadcaster DAZN. as quoted by BBC.
"I really like his coldness, his physicality but above all his humility," he added.

An excited Afena-Gyan went on to express gratitude to Mourinho, thanking him for playing a key role in his career.

"He is a great person. He is teaching me a lot and I am learning a lot from him," he said
"He is someone who has achieved a lot during his career and he is a great person. I am glad to be working with him.

Both Afena-Gyan and Mourinho are no longer with Roma, with the latter getting sacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Afena-Gyan joined US Cremonese in the summer of 2022 from AS Roma, as reported by 3 News.

AS Roma sack Jose Mourinho

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Italian giants AS Roma have sacked Jose Mourinho after two-and-a-half years in charge of the club.

The former Chelsea gaffer had a difficult start to the new campaign, with AS Roma sitting ninth on the table after 20 matches.

Mourinho won the Europa Conference League in his first season before reaching the final of the Europa League the following campaign.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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