Web Desk: Tunisia’s World Cup football team has apparently found an ingenious way to fight fatigue as they fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
According to BBC, in both of their games this week, Tunisian goalkeeper Mouez Hassen went down early in the second half complaining of an “injury” as medical staff rushed onto the pitch.
As he lay on the pitch receiving medical treatment, his teammates rushed to the sidelines to drink water and snack on dates.
Down 2-1 to European champions Portugal, Tunisia rebounded six minutes after Hassen’s injury break by scoring an equaliser and ended the match 2-2.
Days later against Turkey, Hassen stopped play by lying on his back.
🎥 : Mouez Hassen (@hassen_mouez) touché lors d’un contact aérien avec un joueur turc,les Aigles de Carthage en profitent pour romprent le jeûne avec quelques barres énergétiques,des dattes et de l’eau🥛🍪
#Ramadan #Iftar #TUNTUR 🇹🇳🇹🇷(2-2) @LBDFootball @tunisiefootball pic.twitter.com/iGYLlijTlm
— Les Aigles de Carthage 🇹🇳🦅 (@LADC_Officiel) June 3, 2018
Again, his teammates ate dates and drank water provided to them by waiting coaching staff. That match also ended 2-2.
Hundreds of millions of Muslims from around the world fast every day during the Muslim month of Ramadan.
It is a month of self-discipline where Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking from sunrise to sunset. All eyes will be on Tunisia’s goalkeeper when the team plays its next friendly match against Spain on June 9th.