Mourinho Buys Ghanaian Starlet Expensive Shoes
THIS is the heart-warming moment Jose Mourinho gifts new Roma sensation Felix Afena-Gyan a pair of £670 shoes as reward for his two goals against Genoa.
The 18-year-old came on in the 74th minute with the game goalless and made a crucial impact on the match, with his double securing a 2-0 win.
And on Monday the Special One gifted his new star with a pair of expensive shoes to thank him for his efforts.
Mourinho explained in Sunday’s post-match press conference: “I had promised to buy Felix the boots he really likes, which are really expensive.
“They cost €800 so he ran over and told me not to forget! Tomorrow morning, the first thing I do is buy him the boots.”
Afena-Gyan looked thrilled as he tried on the shoes in front of Mourinho, with the pair then embracing.
An unidentified voice off camera was heard saying “there are bananas inside” as the starlet was presented the gift, leading to accusations of racism on social media.
Afena-Gyan was also encourage by the voice to dance and he obliged.
However the player does not think there was any racist intent involved, insisting he ‘eats bananas a lot’.
He later wrote: “I want to assure you all that I was not offended by the background comment made in the video in any way – and that I truly believe there was no racist intent.
“Since the first day I arrived at the club, I have been welcomed into the family by everyone, who have joked with me like they do all members of the family.
“Because they see that I eat bananas a lot that has become a thing we laugh about sometimes – and I believe the comment was another example of that.
“I feel at home here at Roma and I have done ever since I arrived. I am grateful for the support I have received from everyone here at Trigoria and don’t like to think that people have got the wrong idea about things.
“Thanks for your concern, now let’s get back to concentrating on the next game. Grazie and Forza Roma.”
Afena-Gyan has made an instant impact in the Roma first team since making his debut last month, just two years after playing schoolboy football in native Ghana.
And the Mourinho reckons the teen is destined for greatness in the game.
Mourinho beamed: “I am sorry for the Primavera squad (Roma U23s), but Felix will stay with us.
“What impressed me the most was his cool head in front of goal. If he is not in terms of technique fantastic, he does have a strong mentality.
“You get these kids now who think they know everything, but he is humble and you can sense he just absorbs all this information from everyone around him. That’s fantastic.”
Meanwhile, Afena-Gyan was full of praise for Mourinho and thanked the tactician for his trust.
Afena-Gyan added: “He is teaching me a lot and I am learning a lot from him.
“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.
“He encourages me day-in and day-out to do everything that will help me improve in future. So I am happy to be working with Jose Mourinho. I thank him very, very much.”