The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: And Africa's Champion Hairstyle Is...

At every Africa Nations Cup, football fans go through a range of emotions.

From the thrills and spills to the agony of defeat, football in Africa is a real party carnival, with various things to spice up the game of sane men chasing an inflated sheath of leather. For instance, you have sexy dress styles that colour the stadium even before the ball is kicked.

Then there are the various jigs when a player scores a goal. But, as others before it, this year's Africa Cup of Nations has served up some curious, even hair-raising hairstyles. For all the antics and solid defending Rigobert Song was known for, Cameroon's former iconic defender pulled up some rare stunt at the 2008 Nations Cup: the brown dreadlocks and beard. In a way, it seemed to reflect the fact that he was an old man.

Well, now that he is retired, Ghana's Isaac Vorsah came to this year's Nations cup with the same style. In similar fashion, Ghana's forward, Asamoah Gyan appears to have spent more time styling his hair than practising how to score a goal. He simply enjoys reminding us of his favourite shirt number- 3, which boldly appears in a brown tint in his head.

Much of these styles are influenced by the players' need to be noticed. A brown tint runs through Burkina Faso's Mohammed Koffi right up to his beard. While Zambia's Mukuka Mulenga spent most of the tournament on the bench, the few minutes he played, provided a moment to see this 19-year old's Mohawk hairstyle.

Not as sharp as that of the controversial Mario Balotelli, but enough for you to notice his footwork. One will say the same of Nigeria's Brown Ideye. His Mohawk was much more noticeable than his football on the field.

Well, your showy African footballer might say, if you miss the goal, at least catch the eye!

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