Ghanaâ€™s all-time leading goalscorer, Asamoah Gyan is optimistic that Felix Afena-Gyan can become a star for the national team but has urged Ghanaians to be patient with him.
After breaking into the Serie A side, AS Romaâ€™s first team earlier in the season, the player made his international debut for Ghana just last month.
Afena-Gyanâ€™s stock rose sharply after he scored a brace for Roma in their win over Genoa in Serie A.
His performances for Ghana against Nigeria, particularly in the first leg in Kumasi impressed a lot of people, and many drew comparisons to Asamoah Gyan.
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However, speaking on Citi TV, Asamoah Gyan stated that while Afena-Gyan was undoubtedly a very impressive player, it might be too early to make such comparisons.
â€œThey shouldnâ€™t put that pressure on the boy. Itâ€™s too early to make that comparison. Heâ€™s a very good player. Heâ€™s got pace, passion. I saw the game against Nigeria in Kumasi. He was more passionate, he wanted to give something to the people, and thatâ€™s what he did. He knew what he had to do,â€ he told The Point of View host, Bernard Avle.
Asamoah Gyan was impressed with the effort Afena-Gyan put in against the Super Eagles in Kumasi, adding that he sees a lot of himself in the youngster.
â€œAfter the game [in Kumasi], he had cramps. When a player has cramps, it means he gave everything. Thatâ€™s what I like about him but he needs a lot of movement,â€ Gyan said.
â€œWhen I was like him, I was doing the same but I had to learn a couple of movements.â€