Sports Information of Sunday, 9 June 2019
Asamoah Gyan may perhaps have misplaced the Ghana skipper’s armband, but he has picked up a thing else — and I am not speaking about the chieftaincy title a short while ago awarded him.
See, we have all been far too obsessed with the captaincy Gyan has had to go on to erstwhile deputy Andre Ayew and the controversy surrounding that swap to observe the Kayserispor forward’s new acquisition: a flourishing beard.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations may perhaps be Gyan’s 10th consecutive — and, certainly, last — match for the Black Stars, but it is the initially at which he would be sporting a considerable sum of facial hair.
Properly, that is not pretty obvious — or maybe it is, depending on which conclude of the telescope you are wanting through.
Maybe it is just a contemporary appear the commonly clean up-shaven Gyan seeks, or perhaps a simple scenario of the most senior — and most profitable, arguably — member of the Ghana squad reminding anyone of that truth. Alternatively, it could be a grooming suggestion borrowed from some of the world’s finest gamers, notably Lionel Messi (who has absent about his sorcery bearded in latest a long time) and Cristiano Ronaldo (who grew a little bit of fuzz for the very last FIFA Environment Cup).
Regardless of whether or not it is Ronaldo’s goatee-encouraged goalscoring heroics at Russia 2018 that Gyan seeks to tap from — going into a level of competition that would virtually definitely verify the swansong of his international career — if that fetches a to start with AFCON title for Ghana in nearly 4 decades, very well, who would fuss about a goatee obtained or an armband shed?