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Kabasele: “I’ve Found Everything In Watford”

Christian Kabasele has had quite the journey to arrive in the Premier League with the Hornets. Discussing his story so far in the latest Pro File, the defender said he now feels right at home living and working in Watford.

“I live in the town, but for me I’m surprised that people are surprised when I say I live in Watford!” he said. “For me it’s normal, I’m living ten minutes from the stadium and without traffic it’s 15 minutes from the Training Ground.

“So, there is nothing to be surprised about that I’m living in Watford, it’s a good town, there is a lot to do, there are good restaurants and there is always something to do with the kids.

“Sometimes [I get stopped for photos], it’s normal and part of the game. It’s always a pleasure to give this to the fans because sometimes at the stadium it can be difficult for them to be close to us.”

Kabasele is a truly likeable member of the team and a real family man, so it’s no surprise that one member of the next generation of the Kabasele family is already a budding Hornet.

“As soon as I open my eyes [in the morning] the journey is on for me and I’m in a good mood straight away,” said the 28-year-old. “The funny thing is, my son is like this as well. When he wakes up, he starts to scream and sing and several times I’ve heard him sing the Watford song in his bed, ‘Since I Was Young’. He just starts to sing the song when he wakes up – it’s funny!”

Born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kabasele’s family relocated to Belgium when he was a young child. The Belgium international credits his opportunities and achievements to the sacrifice his parents made all those years ago.

“If they didn’t [move to Belgium] then I wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t have the life I have today,” he said. “The situation at that moment was really difficult, there was a lot of robbery and violence, so they made the decision [to move] to give us a better chance for life. I’m proud of what they did for us because they left their family and parents behind them to give us a good chance for life.

“It’s quite unbelievable in five years how my life changed. Even when I was in the first division in Belgium I was dreaming about this, but I didn’t see it coming so fast. I was dreaming about the Premier League and now I’m playing here, I was dreaming about being involved in the national team and I’ve done this as well. It’s quite amazing.”

First Team 1 week ago

Bachmann: “We’ve Got Another Game To Put It Right”

Daniel Bachmann has relayed the determination in the squad to put right what went wrong against Tranmere Rovers in the first tie.

The Hornets had one eye on a place in the fourth round of the FA Cup after storming into a three-goal lead after 38 minutes, but the visitors came storming back to level the tie in dramatic fashion and force a replay.

As disappointed as the team was at forfeiting a winnable position, they are still very much in the competition and have the chance to show exactly the lessons they have learned when it comes to closing a game out.

“We didn't adjust well to things that happened,” said the goalkeeper. “We should have seen the game through, but that's football and we have got another game to put it right. We are going there to win the game. We know it's not going to be an easy game, but we are going there to win it.”

A home tie with Manchester United or Wolves awaits the winners.

“We can't really think about the next round as we have got this game,” said the 25-year-old Austrian. “That's what's in our heads. All that matters is winning this game - it doesn't matter who we play against next. This game is definitely what the FA Cup is about. I'm sure they'll be up for it. Everybody loves the FA Cup. It's the oldest competition in the world and it's definitely one you want to do well in and go as far you can.”

Bachmann has been given his chance in the FA Cup by Nigel Pearson and, like everybody around the place, is feeding off the transformative impact the Head Coach has had on the club.

“He's been fantastic,” he said.“You just need to look at the last four weeks to see how well we've done. Everybody is very happy, upbeat and that's what we needed. He has given everyone a big boost. It's been a big change around the dressing room.”