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M'Changama's fast at an end

27 August 2012

Midfield man on Ramadan

Latics' midfield man Youssouf M'Changama faced an additional challenge at the start of the season.

As a Muslim, M'Changama was unable to eat or drink during daylight hours for one month during Ramadan.

This meant for much of pre-season and the early part of the campaign it meant readjusting his lifestyle.

M'Changama, who recently spoke to local youngsters in the Kickz community about Ramadan, said: "Just because I was unable to eat or drink between sunrise and sunset was not a problem.

"I was fine and was able to run and to train and play matches. May be I was a little bit tired, but for me it was no big deal.

"It is very much a case of being in the head and, as I am doing Ramadan for God, I don't think of not being able to eat or drink."

M'Changama added that he was still able to eat two substantial meals each day, albeit at different times as they were before sunrise and after sunset.

"I still had plenty to eat and drink which isn't always the case for poor people who sometimes get by on one meal each day," he explained.

There was one relaxation and that was M'Changama was able to drink when travelling to the game at Milton Keynes Dons which was the day Ramadan ended.

Because of that, however, he had to extend his Ramadan to the following Monday.

M'Changama, who says religion is a big part of his life, attends a mosque in Oldham.

He added the local youngsters found his visit beneficial as he spoke to them about his religious faith and also life as a footballer.

M'Changama added that religion has never been an issue during his time with Latics and everybody at the club respects his beliefs.

The Comoros Islands international was also delighted to score his first league goal for Latics in last week's 1-1 draw against Walsall.

"I had scored in a couple of friendlies, but to get my first in the league was special," he explained.

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