Over the weekend, two popular African footballers; Emmanuel Emenike and Emmanuel Adebayor reportedly converted to Islam.
Daily Post reported that Emenike announced his conversion during a conversation with a coach of his club, Vitor Pereira.
Though the striker admitted to fasting during the Ramadan month, he denied his conversion saying he was a staunch catholic.
The top scorer at AFCON 2013 was absent when the squad had breakfast on Saturday, prompting the manager to ask about his whereabouts.
Emenike said: “I’m fasting”
Pereira replied: “You’re not a Muslim.”
Emenike insisted: “I became a Muslim, I am a Muslim.”
The super Eagles striker plays for Fenerbache of Turkey. Turkey is a predominantly Islamic country.
Yesterday, Legit.ng said it could not confirm if Emenike's response was a joke or not, but the the striker has denied the claims of his conversion.
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?"
“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 I 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 a 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,” the striker told African Soccer online.
Emenike is reportedly unsettled at Fenerbache and is seeking a move to Tottenham , the club Adebayor plays for after failing to feature in his club's two pre-season matches so far and being subjected to racist abuses last season.
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Meanwhile, Adebayor converted to Islam on Sunday when he was sighted taking the Shahada (the Islamic creed declaring belief in the oneness of God and the acceptance of Muhammad as God’s prophet).
The ceremony is thought to have been held in Togo, Adebayor's adoptive country.
For the past two months, Adebayor has been posting regular messages on Facebook about the problems facing him and his family.
He has accused his family of being selfish and particularly accused his junior brother of stealing over 2o phones during a youth team match in Europe.
Adebayor's mother Alice and his younger brother, Rotimi have finally apologized to their young son following a recent visit from a delegation in Nigeria.
The delegation was made up of family members and friends who all monitored the online drama between the family.