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When VitalEngland met Chris Cabanga

Followers of vital England and Chris himself on facebook will know that he agreed to if 20,000 people signed up to a petition.

Well on facebook, 22,000 people signed up within 7 days, 'Cabanga' is a Zulu word meaning believe, scientific sorts reckon that if England fans were to chant cabanga throughout the match it would increase the playing abilities of English footballers.

There are a few bits and pieces on youtube supposedly showing increased performances after chanting, well Chris Kamara went one better and to serve his country he is now to be known as 'Chris Cabanga' saviour of English football.

Chris officially made the change today, on his travels home he made a call to Vital towers to conduct an interview about all things England, below is a summary on his thoughts on our chances, most people know that the site journos are strictly amateur, if not in presentation but certainly status!

To emphasise this point, the photo below is an actual picture of my interview notes!



I'm sure the journalists at the broadsheets don't prepare like this, but they are not fitting kitchens either!

I took the call from the newly christened Mr.Cabanga at twenty past eleven this morning, my first question was 'Do you actually believe in Cabanga?'

CK 'of course! Anything to help the cause, if it helps England I'm all for it!'

I then asked how long would the tag would stay in place, Chris explained that as long as England remained in South Africa, so would the surname, we then agreed that the quarter finals are not too far away!

Anyway the conversation inevitably went straight to England and their chances, I first asked on who he thought would be the number one 'keeper at the tournanment

CK 'For me it is a no-brainer, James has to be the man, you know what you get with james and there is no point going into the tournament blooding a new 'keeper, I was led to believe that Capello was looking to make Joe Hart his number one, but it now looks like James will start against the Yanks, you have to go with experience in a World cup, and at almost 40 James certainly has that and has got better with age.

Robert Green has had a good season but behind a poor defence, so has James but the circumstances were different at Portsmouth, he has had a good season.'

Next up I asked if the injury to Rio Ferdinand was a hammer blow to our chance

CK 'Not at all, Rio is obviously a class defender, he and Terry would of been first choice, but King has all the ability, for me though Capello never used the injury to his advantage, we had cover at centre-back with Terry, King, Upson and Carragher, he could of used the opportunity to bolster the attacking options, instead we draft in Dawso, who to be fair will probably not get a kick'

Leading on from this we discussed formations

CK '4-4-2 looks like the way we will go, Capello has played that way all his career, he trusts it and that's the way it will go' I mentioned the fromation switch against Japan when Cole came on, then the switch back, 'Capello is Italian, defence if first and foremost, 4-4-2 is the starting formation, although we have the option of plan B' (not the singer mind)

I wanted to know Chris' thoughts on Peter Crouch, I know he is not everyone's first choice, but his goals ratio cannot be questioned.

CK ' I think Capello will rotate Heskey and Crouch, Crouch carries the greater goal threat and a different option, but Heskey brings the best out of Rooney, I think Capello will start with one and switch to the other in the second half depending on the situation, Peter will definitely figure heavily and given the service could prove invaluable'

Jersey Joe Walcott was next on the discussion list, I explained that I reckon that Walcott played himself out of the squad in the two friendlies after originally being in the 23

CK 'I think Capello has made a mistake with Walcott, he has that electric pace that frightens defenders, he could of made a difference but we will never know now, again, when Rio was injured it could of been a repreive for Walcott, but insted we got another defender'

Our converstion then switched to all things Pompey, I won't bore non-Pompey sympathisers with the details, I can post a link if anyone cares later, but after some more honest chat I decided to ask if Chris missed management

CK 'Not at all, I love my job as a roving pundit, I don't miss the pressure of management one bit, the Sky team are brilliant and Jeff Spelling is the ideal man on Soccer Saturday'

I obviously asked then who was the most mental on Soccer Saturday!

CK 'Merse without a doubt, he gets so excited and blurts out all sorts, Charlie obviously gets excited as well while Phil Thompson gets carried away when Liverpool play, Le Tissier is more in check but comes out with some great quips, while Jeff laps it up'

As our chat came to a close and the thought of going back to cutting cornice and pelmets returned, Chris told me that he was on the plane tomorrow at 9 O'Clock, or worlds crossed for barely 15 minutes, but Mr.Cabanga is definitely still a very grounded man, he was astonished that him missing Anthony Vanden Borre's sending off on Sky had accumulated 2 million hits on YouTube, further more that 22,000 people would campaign for him to change his name, his enthusiasm for the game is obviously as strong as his desire to win as a player, God bless the Chris Kamara's of this world (sorry Cabanga!)



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Writer:sy2006
Date:Monday June 7 2010
Time: 6:51PM

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Comments

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Thouroughly enjoyed my chat, top bloke!
paultsmouth
07/06/2010 18:54:00
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I do agree fully on the James stance, he is the best of our three keepers, and yes I know Im a Pompey fan, but he can be the one for us, he is as fit as a fiddle and has a good head on him nowadays!!!
NZ_Portsmuff
08/06/2010 11:05:00
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superb stuff, what a legend! lol
The Fear
08/06/2010 11:24:00
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The man comes across as a bit of a fool, a buffoon or even as a complete idiot. However he is a man who knows his short comings and uses them to great effect. I have seen him pick up a youngster when the nipper ran into him down at SMS and check that all was well. He is a natural and is probably loved more by us fans than any of the other commentators. Except for possible club allegiance that is. Chris is a legend.
SFC Forever
08/06/2010 12:41:00
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The mans a legend, long live Chris Cabanga.
Mighty Blighty
09/06/2010 17:51:00
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