HOW DOES FARIS RAMLI COPE DURING RAMADAN?

May 17, 2018



PKNS FC midfielder Faris Ramli tells us how he adjusts his preparation during the month of Ramadan

How difficult is the month of Ramadan for you as a professional footballer? 
To be honest, being able to fast is very sacred to me. However, it is not that difficult because I am used to playing football during the month of Ramadan. I was with Home United in Singapore last season and fasting while playing football is something that is not new to me. I am looking forward to seeing how the month of Ramadan would be like in Malaysian football.

How do you cope with the physical demands of playing a game on an empty stomach, is there any additional supplement you use, can you give us your daily diet plan? 
In my opinion, there is not really a diet that I follow because you must get your preparation right. I have to say that I enjoy eating dates during game days because it contains a lot of vitamins and nutritious elements. On top of that, I also feel very energized after eating dates.

What do you eat when not fasting? 
When I was younger, I used to have cereal for my early pre-dawn breakfast ("sahur") because it is easy to prepare and healthy for athletes. I still do have cereal at times, especially on game days as it gives me the energy to last for 90 minutes. If I do not have my early pre-dawn breakfast, I would definitely be able to feel the effects during the game.

How does your body react when your normal eating habits are suspended for Ramadan? 
As I mentioned earlier, I am used to playing football during the month of Ramadan. The only thing that is different is that I get tired faster, but I try to stay as fit and healthy as I can. The coaching staff would be able to tell the difference if you do not take care of yourself.

Do you believe there any benefits to fasting? 
Yes, I do believe in fasting because I was raised to do so from an early age. It is extremely sacred and beneficial as we do it to give up the bad habits and become a better Muslim.

What do you eat during break fast (berbuka puasa)? 
I do enjoy breaking my fast and having some cooked chicken ('Ayam Masak Cili Padi').