This is World Cup First staged in a Muslim land. The grounds have their own prayer rooms, and the call to prayer is heard regularly from the mosque near the Al-Waqra site. England train It’s a mesmerizing sound as the sun sets Bugayo SakaA committed Christian, a nightly Bible session was his thing.
Amidst the pressure of the biggest competition in football, that time with a good book is priceless. “I am constantly reading the Bible here. I read it every night,” Saga said. “For me, it is very important that God’s presence is always within me.
“It gives me more confidence that God’s plan is right, so I can go out on the pitch and know that God has my back. The main thing for me is to keep my faith, trust in God, so I don’t have to worry or worry about any consequences.
“This is my first World Cup and I start to worry about different outcomes, but I choose to trust in God.” That belief must have been tested last summer when Saga suffered the pain of missing a decisive penalty in the Euros final – and was racially abused online for his trouble.
But he pulled himself back together with his convictions and the warm embrace of many in football. Former Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is one of them. “Thierry was in touch,” said the 21-year-old. “He meant everything to get my number and reach out to me. And not just from that moment on.
“After most Arsenal games, he approaches me. He’s still very passionate about the club, he’s a wonderful person. This weekend, of course, will not be behind the saga for Henry. It is France against England with all the historical meaning.
Saka is aware of the scale of the game ahead. He accepts that this is no ordinary competition. But he tries to keep it within the confines of a sporting competition. “The competition is huge in this World Cup. “Both nations have done well in their first four games,” he said.
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“We’ve seen their games, we’ve followed them and we’ve seen the quality they have and I’m sure they’ve done the same with us. It’s definitely going to be an exciting game and everyone’s looking forward to it.
There is a possibility that it may come as a penalty. If he does so, the fellow will step forward again to support him with his crutch of faith.
“Since that moment I have progressed and matured as a player and as a person,” he said. “If I didn’t have the confidence, I wouldn’t have increased the times I went forward with penalties for Arsenal, so if the moment comes and I’m ready to take it, I’ll be very happy.”
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