Asante Kotoko head Coach, Mariano Barreto, has been strongly criticized by a Muslim sports Journalist Saeed Alhassan after he suggested to Kotoko Players of the Muslim faith that Ramadan fasting wasn’t compulsory.
Muslims around the world have started fasting in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, This period in which faithful followers abstain from eating or drinking during the hours of 6 am to 6 pm
About 13 players of Asante Kotoko who are Moslem’s had requested the Portuguese gaffer relax their training schedule to suit them in these times but the coach was reported to have told them it wasn’t compulsory to fast and they can sit out of training if they can’t cope.
But Saeed Alhassan popularly called Zakito a sports Journalist with OYerepa FM/TV claimed the coach has got it wrong.
“I think Barreto should know how to speak to his players,” he said on Oyerepa TV
“How can you say it’s not compulsory to fast and that players who can’t cope can sit out ”
“Mohammed Salah insisted he won’t skip Ramadan for the Champions League final and played whilst fasting”
“If he cares to know Ramadan fasting is one of the pillars of Islam”
Asante Kotoko Players under Mariano Barreto have been training twice every day with their evening session mostly ending after 6pm.