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M'Changama gets his Kickz

22 August 2012

Youssouf visits local project

Latics' midfield man Youssouf M'Changama visited the Oldham Athletic Community Trust's Kickz project.

The midfield man took part in one of the snooker sessions which were organised as an alternative to football during the month of Ramadan.

The event was at the Westwood-based Oldham Snooker Academy where M'Changama also took part in a question-and-answer session. 

M'Changama spoke about his football journey - he plays international football for the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean - to Boundary Park.

He also talked about his Islamic faith and related to personal experiences of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan where he couldn't drink or eat any food from sunrise all the way until sunset.


He related this to pre-season training and playing pre-season games while fasting and praying.


The young people were astonished how he conducted himself as a professional footballer during Ramadan and could relate to M'Changama as there is a large Muslim population in Oldham.

"Youssouf could relate to some of the participants' personal experiences. Those who attended the visit really appreciated Youssouf taking time out to come down and visit the session”.

Oldham Athletic Community Trust coach Rofique Miah said: “It was brilliant that Youssouf came down to meet the Kickz participants and for them to hear his experiences of Ramadan.


If you have any questions on the Kickz sessions, or any Oldham Athletic Community Trust activities, e-mail




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