Egypt squad to decide on fasting during World Cup training camp
Egypt captain Essam El-Hadary revealed that the Pharaohs’ squad will decide collectively whether they’ll continue to observe the Ramadan fast during the national team’s training camp.
Ramadan, a month when Muslims abstain from eating or drinking during daylight hours, started on May 17 and is due to end on June 14 – the first day of the World Cup. The holy month will coincide with the team’s training camp and friendly games ahead of the global showpiece event.
“The players will hold a meeting and decide whether we will fast and then we will inform the technical staff about our decision,” 45-year-old keeper El-Hadary said.
Egypt’s coach Hector Cuper already revealed he’s worried about the effect of fasting on the players’ performances. “I’m afraid of its effect on the players’ in the friendlies,” the Argentine coach said in a press conference on Thursday.
Egypt will kick off their final preparations for the World Cup on Friday as they face Kuwait at the Jaber Al-Ahmad International Stadium. They will then play against Colombia in on June 1, and then take off to face Belgium in Brussels on June 6.
The Pharaohs, who reached the World Cup for the first time in 28 years, were drawn in Group A alongside hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. They will kick off their group stage games on June 15, before facing Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 19 and June 25.
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