Black Stars Skipper, Asamoah Gyan scores for Arab side, Al Ahli in his first match for the club after Ghana’s disappointing African Cup of Nations encounter. Gyan’s side Al Ahli beat Hatta 3-0 in the Arabian Gulf League.
Ahead of the match on Wednesday, news broke out that the Ghanaian striker is among about 46 players who were found guilty of ‘unethical’ hairstyles by the United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA).
Asamoah Gyan’s hairstyle has always been a curled high top fade or a Mohawk with the no. 3 engraved on the two low shaven sides.
Meanwhile, Al Ahli FC is based in Dubai, one of the major cities of the UAE which is a Muslim country where all hairstyles that have only part of the hair shaved leaving other parts unshaven are forbidden. These styles are referred to as “Qaza” and include the Mohawk haircuts.
CEO of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation, Samuel Anim Addo, in an interview with Happy FM Accra disclosed that he [Gyan] must have to cut the hair before returning to Dubai after the African Cup of Nations during which he spotted a rather more conspicuous style of the Mohawk haircut.
Game officials, especially the referees are given the responsibility of determining which haircut is or is not allowed. But having complied by reducing his Mohawk to something more decent and acceptable, the 31-year-old striker joined in the Al Ahli match against Hatta Club.
Gyan scored the third and last goal of the match at 81st minutes; just 2 minutes after he came off the bench into the pitch. This makes it the third goal for in the league by the Ghanaian top scorer who is on loan at Al Ahli from Shanghai SIPG.