Super Eagles of Nigeria and Fenerbahce of Turkey striker, Emmanuel Emenike has rubbished reports in a section of the media that said he had converted to Islam.
According to the striker, he was missing on Saturday morning when others ate breakfast and when his coach asked him why he was not there to join others, he simply said he was fasting.
Emenike is upset that his coach mistook his fasting for being a Muslim one and wondered why he had to give the press a wrong perception of his fast. He however disclosed to the press that though he missed his breakfast at the club because he was fasting, what he observed was a Christian fast, and not the on-going Muslim Ramadan fast. He said;
"The report that I am now a Muslim is absolute rubbish and false. I want the source of the news to re-address it. I have no reason to convert to Islam even though I have lots of Muslim friends. Is there any big deal observing fasting during the (Muslim) fasting period?” he asked rhetorically.
"I am very disappointed seeing the news going viral because it is something I told my coach in our conversation when he asked me a question and never said I have become a Muslim. Fasting is not what everybody should know that you are doing and it’s very sad seeing this in the media."
"I am Catholic, a strong one for that matter, and I came from Christian home. I don't discriminate against anybody and I believe we are all equal in the presence of God, so what is the big deal in fasting? Does he know how many time I fast to get closer to God before the fasting periods? It's really sad because I don't see it as a big deal," he told AfricanFootball.com.