Afena-Gyan was an unused substitute, but his side’s triumph means he has become the first Ghanaian footballer to win the Europa Conference League.
The teenage forward is also now the youngest Ghanaian player to lift a European title, having done so at the age of 19.
Afena-Gyan’s stock rose further after he netted a sensational double as Jose Mourinho’s team beat Genoa 2-0 in November.
He was also recently named the fastest player in Serie A for the month of January, beating Lazio striker Ciro Immobile and Juventus star Juan Cuadrado.
His impressive performances at club level earned him a call-up for Ghana’s two-legged World Cup playoffs against Nigeria, where he started both games as the Black Stars booked their place in Qatar.
Tammy Abraham 🇳🇬 x 🇬🇭 Afena Gyanpic.twitter.com/VJ3o9J1fTo
— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) May 25, 2022
The 19-year-old’s rise has been the typical underdog story, as he was playing amateur football a year ago in Ghana.
However, he has settled in well since joining Roma in early 2021 and has since blossomed in the Italian capital.
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