First Team 29/03/2020

Big Interview: Christian Kabasele

Defender Christian Kabasele talks about his African roots, loving family life and his spare-time activities in a self-penned interview...


I was very young when me and my family left the Democratic Republic of Congo but as I was growing up my parents told me almost everything about the difficulties of living there. We moved because of the uncertain situation in that moment – there were riots and people stealing things – and my parents always wanted to give me and my brother a better chance in life.


It was impossible for us, so we moved to Belgium. It was not an easy decision for them to take because they left a lot of family behind, but they thought first of all about us and I thank them every day for that. My grandmother and aunts and most of my family are still there [Democratic Republic of Congo]. I still follow the political situation there because even if I’m not living there, it is still my home country. It’s in my plan to go back there some day but I haven’t found the right moment to do so yet.


I enjoy playing against Michy Batshuayi in the Premier League, who I know from the Belgium national team. He’s a very good player, for me one of the best strikers, and I think he doesn’t receive the credit he deserves. When you see his numbers, especially in the national team, I think he’s scoring every 70 or 80 minutes. He’s a great goalscorer.


When I’m not playing football I spend most of my time playing with my kids in the garden or the park. Since we had kids I don’t even watch the TV anymore. I have a boy and a girl who are both under four, so the time is going fast and I want to enjoy every single moment.


I also enjoy following the NBA and the NFL. When they came to London I went to see both of the sports, and I took my son for the first time to an NFL game recently because he loves it as well. I’m in love with the New York Giants because I went to New York with my wife in 2012 and we watched a game there. The stadium was amazing and I loved it. In the NBA it’s the New York Knicks, for the same reason. We went to see a game and I’ve loved the team ever since.


The View From The Vic: Episode One – Deeney, Blissett & Stack

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Each week hosts Jon and Kevin will be joined by special guests including current first-team stars, club legends and Hornets fans for exclusive interviews.

In Episode One, our hosts are joined by Hornets captain Troy Deeney, club legend Luther Blissett and goalkeeper coach Graham Stack.

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