Ghanaian teen, Afena-Gyan, part of elite 5-member list in Europe's top-5 leagues

Ghanaian teen, Afena-Gyan, part of elite 5-member list in Europe's top-5 leagues

  • AS Roma found out just the kind of gem they had buried in their junior side in the person of Ghana's Felix Afena-Gyan in the 2021/2022 season
  • The 18-year-old forward made his senior debut for Jose Mounrinho's side this season in an Italian Serie A game against Cagliari after sitting on the bench in the previous game against Napoli
  • Then came the game against Genoa when the teenager made great use of his 15 minute on the pitch with two goals, getting him on an elite of five players from Europe's top five leagues

Ghanaian teenage forward, Felix Afena-Gyan's two goals for AS Roma in the Serie A means he is one of just five youngest goal scorers in Europe's top five leagues this season.

The list made of players 18 years or younger, saw Barcelona kid, Gavi after he scored in Xavi Hernandez's side win over Elche.

The list is completed by Mohamed-Ali Cho of French club Agers, Southampton's Valentino Livramento, and Borussia Dortmund's sort after midfielder, Jude Bellingham.

Read also

Sundowns Outshine Hapless Orlando Pirates in One Sided DStv Premiership Tie

Ghanaian teen, Afena-Gyan, part of elite 5-member list in Europe's top-5 leagues
Ghanaian and AS Roma teenager, Afena-Gyan, Barcelona's Gavi, and Jude Bellingham. Source: Twitter/@OptaPaolo/@sportening/@judebellingham
Source: Twitter

Felix Afena-Gyan came off the bench for the remaining 15 minutes of AS Roma's match-day 13 fixture against Genoa to net a brace that gave Jose Mourinho's side the opener and cushion goal to ensure they took all three points.

Counting the 43 minutes Afena-Gyan played in the 1:1 draw with Sampdoria after he again came from the bench for AS Roma, the 18-year-old has played a total of 161 minutes for the Italian giants under the Portuguese coach.

Jose Mourinho is yet to give the Ghanaian a starting berth this season, although his 16 per cent minutes played in Serie A and 13 per cent goal contribution is one of the best in the league so far.

Afena-Gyan's impressive performances for AS Roma has earned him a call-up to the Ghana national team, the Black Stars for the 2021 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) but the player is poised to turn down the invite for more growth and game time under Jose Mourinho's orders.

Read also

Afena-Gyan recovers from COVID-19, set to return to Roma squad for Spezia clash

The full list of youngest goal scorers in the top-5 European leagues this season:

1. Gavi (Barcelona-Spain) - 17y & 135d

2. Mohamed-Ali Cho (Angers-France) - 17y & 222d

3. Jude Bellingham (Dortmund-England) - 18y & 59d

4. Felix Afena-Gyan (Roma-Ghana) - 18y & 308d

5. Valentino Livramento (Southampton-England) - 18y & 345d

Afena-Gyan to snub Black Stars AFCON invite

According to checks and analysis, the chances are that AS Roma's teenage sensation, Felix Afena-Gyan, would in all likelihood decline the Black Stars call up.

Afena-Gyan turned down the invitation citing a desire to continue his development under Jose Mourinho at AS Roma, and still having to wait on his first 90 minutes outing for AS Roma, chances are that is still his priority.