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Ousmane Fane Explains Importance Of His Religion When Playing Football

10 November 2016

In the build up to our Kick It Out game against AFC Wimbledon, midfielder Ousmane Fane spoke to local journalist Matt Chambers about the importance of his religion when playing football.

Taken from a snippet in Saturday’s matchday programme, Fane talks about his muslim faith in English football. 

Settled in a house close to the club, Fane feels perfectly at home with Latics.

As a Muslim, he attends a local mosque and describes in detail the importance that religion plays in every aspect of his life.

“I am happy in Oldham and though I don't have family here, my family is the team," said Fane, whose club-mates are supportive of his religion.

"I am Muslim and I found a mosque in Oldham. This is very important for me.

“I need to pray every day to improve myself and my football.

“It can be difficult sometimes when we travel, but I have to manage because it is so important to me.

“It is not easy sometimes but I find a way every time."

Prominent Muslim footballers playing in this country include Yaya Toure, Paul Pogba, Emre Can and Mesut Özil and Fane also cites Demba Ba and Fenerbahce’s Senegalese striker Moussa Sow while describing the difficulties Ramadan can bring within the profession.

“It is my power for football and for everything," Fane said.

"My religion helps me to play better and I believe in god, so I fast.

"It is very difficult. I have to manage my body and in the night I have to drink a lot of water, which is very important when you are a footballer.

To read the full interview with the midfielder, purchase your copy of Saturday’s programme against AFC Wimbledon for just £3.

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