Ramadan is generally known as the holy month, when Muslims around the World observe an ‘Obligatory Fasting’.
Muslims will have do away with Food, drinks and some other sinful acts in view of getting Spiritual reward in multiples.
Being a player plying his trade in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) , fasting could seem too much to ask for, especially when the players have to travel week in week out mostly on road.
Sportlens360 spoke with few NPFL players, who shared how they do cope as a player during Ramadan
Adeshina Issa Gata of ABS FC
“Fasting affects the body as a player, but it still depends on the body. For someone like me, whenever i’m fasting, the strength is as if i’m not fasting.
Meanwhile I take mostly bread and tea, and sometimes I take akpu during Ramadan.”
Alimi Jamiu of Kano Pillars
“I’m adapted to it and every time, I just try harder despite not being easy. There has never been a time I decided to break my fast while playing, I’m just used to it. I take more of Carbohydrates and sometimes protein during Ramadan.”
Aminu Abdulkadir of Nasarawa United
“It’s not that hard, especially when we train in the evening, but you can’t just have that 100% strength. However, it’s more better when we are on the road for an away game, we can always order for foods in Hotel, but back at base, we cook.”
Bolaji Adeyemo of Niger Tornadoes
“It affects one performance, you need to reserve your strength during the time. You can hardly last 90minutes in matches. No matter how strong you are, it must show.
I remember vividly, one time few years back, when I almost break my fast while on the field of play, I needed water so bad but I didn’t give in.
The kind of food I take during Ramadan are swallow foods and most of fruits.”