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I want to prove myself and do more in future – Felix Afena-Gyan after scoring brace against Genoa

Felix Afena-Gyan says he wants to prove himself and do more in future after he scored a remarkable brace to give AS Roma a 2-0 win away to Genoa on Sunday.

The 18-year-old had two substitute appearances under his belt when he was brought on with 15 minutes to play at Marassi with the score tied at 0-0.

He latched unto a well timed Henrikh Mkhitaryan pass, slotting his effort into the bottom corner. He went on to add a second with the last kick of the game placing his curler into the far top corner.

Felix as a result becomes the first player born in 2003 to find the net in Serie A, let alone to bag a brace, and even he seemed incredulous.

“Tonight is a dream come true. It was my first goal, I was hoping for a very long time. I want to continue my performance, prove myself and do more in future,” the striker told DAZN after the final whistle.

“I thank God for this opportunity he gave me, the team, the coach, the fans, players for their amazing support. I also want to say thank you Mom, she is in Ghana, I love you.”

He ran straight to the touchline to hug his coach Mourinho, who promoted him from the Roma Primavera youth last month.

“Mourinho is a great person, a great manager and a great coach. He gives you the motivation to learn every day. I am very happy he is here.


Essien really helped me as a player – Mikel Obi reveals

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 17: Michael Essien of Chelsea celebrates scoring his goal with John Obi Mikel during the Pre Season Friendly match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on July 17, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Former Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi has named Ghanaian and former Chelsea midfielder, Michael Essien as a player who was integral during his stay at the club.

Mikel revealed that Essien, who was nicknamed The Bison for his midfield qualities, was a source of learning and inspiration. He explained that Essien always described him [Mikel] as a good player.

To Mikel, the comments of Essien enabled him grow in confidence.

“Michael Essien really helped me. Michael always told me I was a good player and just reminded me to bring the ball down, control and pass.

“If you need to dribble, dribble. If you don’t need to, just pass. You are strong. You are fast, too. If you can, just push the ball past and run, run, run because they cannot catch you.

“He was the guy who really helped me and made me have a lot of confidence,” Mikel said in an interview.

Mikel who joined Chelsea in 2006, made a total of 372 appearances for Chelsea, and lifted the Premier League title twice and the 2012 UEFA Champions League title.

He indicates that signing for Chelsea was a move which exposed him to lots of stars one could only dream of.

“Suddenly, I was sharing a dressing room with all these players I had watched on television back in Africa,” Mikel told The Athletic.

“I was sitting next to Lassana Diarra. I would be there thinking, ‘Oh my God, it’s Didier Drogba. It’s Frank Lampard. It’s John Terry’,” Mikel said.