AS Roma Ghanaian talent, Afena-Gyan's Genoa belter voted Goal of 2021

AS Roma Ghanaian talent, Afena-Gyan's Genoa belter voted Goal of 2021

Emmanuel Kwame Donkor
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:53 PM
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  • Ghana's Felix Afena-Gyan's beauty of a second goal in his 15 minute cameo against Genoa last month has been voted Socio's goal of 2021 by football fans
  • The 18-year-old scored all two goals for Jose Mourinho's side after being on the pitch for 15 minutes in their Serie A encounter with Genoa to secure the three points
  • The second goal where Afena-Gyan pushes inside towards the center beyond a sliding Genoa defender from a run on the left wing before striking the ball into the net went viral

AS Roma and Ghana's Felix Ohene Afena-Gyan's exceptional strike versus Genoa in November in the Serie A has been voted the best goal of 2021.

The goal was said to be the one fans voted for the most in, a fan influence and reward app's end of year awards, as the goal of 2021.

Afena-Gyan scored a brace for AS Roma in that particular game to hand Jose Mourinho's team all three points, but his second made headlines across the world for its spectacular beauty.

AS Roma Ghanaian talent, Afena-Gyan's Genoa belter voted Goal of 2021
AS Roma Ghanaian talent, Afena-Gyan's Genoa belter voted Goal of 2021
Source: Twitter

Aside the goals, Afena-Gyan showed flashes of his attacking prowess making direct runs at Genoa players, dribbling, and laying some good passes.

That game was the moment the rest of the world, aside Ghanaian Italian Serie A fans, learned of the 18-year-old prodigy from AS Roma's youth team.

The Ghanaian had gone viral before though for his post match interview where he said a thank you each for all the people he cared about, but the goal made his fame explode.

Afena-Gyan's game statistics versus Genoa

Felix Afena-Gyan's game numbers from his 15 minutes played against Genoa are provided below:

• 12 touches

• 7 passes completed

• 2 shots on target

• 2 goals

• 1 successful dribble

Afena-Gyan has thanked fans for the award

Afena-Gyan took to his twitter account to thank football fans who voted for him and the organisers of the award, Socios.

"Thank you @socios. [Yellow heart❤ emoji] to all who voted for me. #ASRoma", he tweeted.

The Ghanaian lad has gone on to make five appearances all from the bench for Jose Mourinho' AS Roma and has scored only the two goals in that time, with a positive covid-19 result, sidelining him for a number of games.

Afena-Gyan has twice turned down a call up to the Ghana Black Stars, first during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers and recently for the African Cup of Nations, citing a need to learn and develop under the Portuguese's tutelage and hopefully establish himself as a starter.

Video of Afena-Gyan's 15 minute cameo against Genoa including both goals earlier shared the video showing all the important moments of Afena-Gyan's 15-minute cameo for AS Roma in their 2:0 win over Genoa.

The video shows, aside his two goals, Afena-Gyan contributed immensely to Jose Mourinho's side's attacking threat on the night.

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Ghana Sports Editor