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    Mourinho fulfills promise to Roma starlet with gift after Genoa brace

    Video: Jose Mourinho fulfills promise to 18-year-old Roma starlet with gift after Genoa brace

     

    A heartwarming piece of footage showcasing a brilliant gesture on the part of AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho has, on Monday evening, piqued widespread attentions online.

    Double delight

    For those unaware, late on Sunday night, a star was born in Italian football.

    The aforementioned Mourinho’s Roma made the trip to relegation-battling Genoa 24 hours ago, for their latest Serie A outing.

    The Giallorossi headed into proceedings aware that nothing but a 3-point haul would suffice, after the likes of Juventus, Fiorentina and Atalanta all picked up victories amid a tense battle for a Champions League berth.

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    As proceedings passed the 80-minute mark, however, the clash remained goalless, as a stubborn Genoa backline held their heavyweight opponents at bay.

    Video: Jose Mourinho fulfills promise to 18-year-old Roma starlet with gift after Genoa brace

    ROME, ITALY – JULY 15: AS Roma coach Josè Mourinho reacts during the Pre-Season Friendly match between AS Roma and Montecatini at Centro Sportivo Fulvio Bernardini on July 15, 2021 in Rome, Italy.

    Enter, Felix Afena-Gyan.

    18-year-old Afena-Gyan was handed his first-team debut by Mourinho late last month, since managing a further solitary appearance off the bench.

    In turn, it came as something of a surprise when, late in the action at the Marassi, Roma’s boss opted to call on the Ghanaian talent in his hour of need.

    What a decision, though, it ultimately proved to be.

    First, with 82 minutes on the clock, Afena-Gyan broke the evening’s deadlock, slotting home in confident fashion after some fine work on the part of Henrikh Mkhitaryan:

    The best, however, was yet to come.

    Deep into injury-time, with the clash still on a knife-edge, Roma’s latest sensation turned heads across the globe, courtesy of a stunning long-range effort which found its way into the far top corner:

    Mou’s touch of class

    After netting his first of the night, Afena-Gyan was spotted making an immediate beeline for boss Mourinho, evidently hugely thankful for the opportunity afforded to him by the legendary Portuguese tactician.

    And, as alluded to above, on Monday, the relationship between the pair has only continued to blossom.

    In a heartwarming piece of footage doing the rounds on social media, Mourinho can be seen gifting a pair of sneakers, worth a rumoured 800 euro, to his explosive up-and-coming attacker.

    This comes after the Giallorossi boss promised Afena-Gyan as much if he managed to open his account in Roma colours, prior to introducing the teen to the fray on Sunday:

     

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