Felix Afena-Gyan, the Ghanaian international, has openly acknowledged that his inaugural season at US Cremonese was an arduous one. The 20-year-old striker joined the club prior to the commencement of the 2022/23 season, following his successful stint with AS Roma where he secured the Europa Conference League title.
Cremonese had recently been promoted to Serie A when Afena-Gyan signed with them. However, throughout the 2022/23 campaign, he only managed to secure seven league starts and made an additional 16 appearances as a substitute, averaging 35 minutes per game. Unfortunately, he was unable to score or assist in the league matches, but he did contribute significantly to his team’s progress in the Coppa Italia, netting two goals in five appearances.
Reflecting on his season, Afena-Gyan admitted, “It was a very challenging season for me as I couldn’t achieve my targets. I had planned to perform differently, but I fell short. It was tough.”
Prior to joining Cremonese, the young player spent a year with Roma after his time with EurAfrica Football Club in Ghana. When discussing his move to Europe, he attributed his success to hard work and prayers, acknowledging that it’s not an easy feat to transition from Ghana to European football.
“At the beginning, it was difficult due to the language barrier. I had no knowledge of Italy or their language, and communication was a challenge. That was the only hurdle,” Afena-Gyan revealed.
Starting his journey at Roma’s youth team, he eventually made his senior team debut in October 2021, scoring his first two goals the following month.