Oslo: Footbal club players fasting
Six of VIF's A-team players are fasting now on Ramadan. VIF manager Martin Andresen admits this provides certain challenges.
"They currently get adapted training," Andresen told Nettavisen.
"Since they can't eat and drink during the day, it means that they get somewhat less intensive workouts than the other players. In addition we've used nutrition experts, so that the players eat the right food and drink in the mornings and evenings.
On match day the situation is a little easier.
"It's a bit different how strict the fast is, and how they fast, but they all got permission to eat and drink on match day," Martin Andresen told Nettavisen.
One of the permanent players at the Oslo club, Mohamed Fellah, doesn't hide that it's hard to go without food and drink.
"It's naturally difficult. It isn't easy to go eighteen hours without food and drink. At least when you train two hours every day," Fellah told Nettavisen.
"In the last match against Molde I noticed that the cramps came. It's easier to get cramps when you didn't eat the day before," Fellah says.
Similarly to Andresen, the midfielder says that the players who fast get off easier from training, but other than that they don't' get any special treatment.
"Martin pays attention to it. At least he did this week. We who fast don't train as hard. But otherwise everything is completely normal," says the VIF player.
"Some of the boys fast just three times a week. But I fast every day besides match day," says Fellah.
In addition to Fellah, the other players in the Oslo club who are fasting are Mohammed Abdellaoue, Mostafa Abdellaoue, Dawda Leigh, Amin Nouri, and Adnan Haidar.
Source: Nettavisen (Norwegian)