Felix Afena-Gyan, a prodigy for AS Roma, arrived in Ghana and presented his mother with his Europa Conference League winner’s gold.
When Felix Afena-Gyan’s Roma overcame Feyenoord in the final on Wednesday, the 19-year-old won his first major prize in his professional career.
At the Arena Kombetare in Tirana, Albania, Jose Mourinho’s side won the Europa Conference League for the first time with a 1-0 victory in the final.
Nicolo Zaniolo’s goal in the 32nd minute was enough to defeat the Dutch and claim Roma’s first European title.
Afena-Gyan was an unused replacement, but his team’s victory gave him a lot of career firsts.
At the age of 19, the juvenile forward became the first Ghanaian to win the Europa Conference League, as well as the youngest Ghanaian player to win a European trophy.
Afena-Gyan arrived in Ghana on Friday ahead of his country’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Madagascar and the Central African Republic (CAR).
The Roma striker was met at the Kotoka International Airport by his mother, to whom he immediately presented his Europa Conference League medal.
The 19-year-old shares a very strong bond with his mum, Juliet Adubea, and has always cited her support in his rise.
When he made his first-team debut for Roma in September 2021, Afena-Gyan expressed his appreciation to his mother for her constant support.
“I thank everyone, I dedicate my debut to everyone who supported me and is still supporting me,” he said in an emotional post-match interview.
“I thank the club and everyone in Rome. My mum who’s in Ghana… Mum, I love you. I love my agent, thanks to my club, the players and everyone.”
Afena-Gyan is expected to play a key role in Ghana’s upcoming AFCON qualifiers against Madagascar and CAR in June.