Jose Mourinho lauds Felix Afena-Gyan for snubbing Black Stars call up

Published on: 24 November 2021

AS Roma boss, Jose Mourinho has lauded youngster, Felix Afena Gyan's decision to snub the Black Stars and focus on his development at the club.

The 18-year-old who was named in Ghana's squad for the final round of qualifiers of the 2022 Fifa World Cup against Ethiopia and South Africa turned down the invitation.

After rejecting the invitation, the promising forward confirmed in an interview on his decision to reject the call up indicating he wasn't ready for the national team.

"I felt it was too early for me to answer the call because I need to grow, physically but also mentally and psychologically - he declared a few days ago -. I also thought it was important for me to stay in Trigoria to accumulate training under Mourinho's orders, to keep improving."

However, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid gaffer was happy the Ghanaian youngster turned down the national team invite to focus on his development

"Happy to have had him available during the break to raise and train him", Mourinho said.

Afena Gyan has dominated the international and local media after scoring two stunning goals over the weekend against Genoa in their 2-0 win over Genoa last weekend.

Ghanaian striker entered in the 75th minute of the match against Genoa and in a quarter of an hour he scored the brace that gave the three points to Mourinho's team.