Afena-Gyan performs ‘On God’ by Shatta Wale at the AS Roma presentation.

When Felix Afena-Gyan arrived for AS Roma’s formal introducing ceremony ahead of the 2022-23 season, Shatta Wale’s ‘On God’ was blasting. Over 60,000 supporters cheered the adolescent as he came onto the Stadio Olimpico pitch, with Shatta Wale’s song playing in the background. The young striker is a great fan of the dancehall singer and has frequently shared dancing videos on social media. Afena-Gyan later appeared in a charity match between Roma and Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, which Roma lost 5-0.

The Ghanaian played 85 minutes, but couldn’t find the back of the net as a much-changed Roma team was defeated. Since making his debut for AS Roma last September and scoring twice against Bologna a month later, Afena-value Gyan’s has skyrocketed. He was able to gain manager Jose Mourinho’s trust and was promoted to the first team after his debut. Following that, the 19-year-old was invited to Ghana’s important 2022 World Cup playoff match against Nigeria in March. He started both games as the Black Stars qualified for Qatar on away goals after a 1-1 aggregate result. Afena-Gyan appeared in 25 games for Roma in all competitions last season, scoring two goals.

When Roma won the Europa Conference League last season, the young striker became the first Ghanaian footballer to do it. After just signing a long-term contract, the Ghanaian is anticipated to see game time in the upcoming season.