Ghanaian striker Emmanuel Gyasi meets Pope Francis at Vatican
Ghanaian forward Emmanuel Gyasi has met the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis at the Vatican City at Rome.
Gyasi, together with his Spezia teammates paid a courtesy call on the Pope during their visit to Rome to play AS Roma in the Coppa Italia.
The Palermo born forward was rested as Spezia shocked Roma 4-2 at their own backyard earning praise from the Pope.
“In Argentina, they dance tango, and tango music is in two-four time, and today, you are 4-2,” said Pope Francis.
He also urged the newly promoted Serie A club to work hard as sportsmen insisting sports is a noble profession.
The team gave the Pope a Spezia Jersey with the number 1 on it as well as some souvenirs.
“I like to see young men and women's efforts in sports because sports are a marvel. Sports bring out the best in us. Continue with this because it is very noble,” said the Pope.
The 27-year-old is enjoying his debut top-flight season in Italy, playing a pivotal role for the Eagles as they lie 13th on the table.
He is expected to play a vital role when they play Roma again on Saturday.
Gyasi is yet to make his debut for the Black Stars.