Sporting activities News of Sunday, 9 June 2019
Asamoah Gyan might have lost the Ghana skipper’s armband, but he has picked up a thing else — and I am not chatting about the chieftaincy title not long ago awarded him.
See, we have all been way too obsessed with the captaincy Gyan has experienced to pass on to erstwhile deputy Andre Ayew and the controversy encompassing that change to see the Kayserispor forward’s new acquisition: a flourishing beard.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations might be Gyan’s 10th consecutive — and, certainly, ultimate — tournament for the Black Stars, but it is the first at which he would be sporting a substantial sum of facial hair.
Properly, that is not quite obvious — or perhaps it is, based on which conclude of the telescope you are wanting through.
Possibly it is just a contemporary glimpse the normally clean-shaven Gyan seeks, or maybe a basic circumstance of the most senior — and most thriving, arguably — member of the Ghana squad reminding every person of that reality. Alternatively, it could be a grooming idea borrowed from some of the world’s ideal gamers, notably Lionel Messi (who has gone about his sorcery bearded in latest years) and Cristiano Ronaldo (who grew a little bit of fuzz for the past FIFA Globe Cup).
No matter if or not it is Ronaldo’s goatee-inspired goalscoring heroics at Russia 2018 that Gyan seeks to faucet from — heading into a competitiveness that would just about surely prove the swansong of his worldwide profession — if that fetches a initial AFCON title for Ghana in just about four decades, nicely, who would fuss over a goatee acquired or an armband shed?