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Bolasie: Palace And DRC Fans Are Similar

11 June 2015


Yannick Bolasie has compared Crystal Palace's fans to those of the Democratic Republic of Congo, insisting that he always gets a good reception when running out for club or country.

The Eagles fans have made a name for themselves as being the most passionate and impressive supporters in the country, or as Bolasie puts it: "They're noisy!"

Bolasie has said that he has grown in confidence playing for DR Congo, as one of the countries only Premier League stars, as well as praising the fans of both his club and his country.

"The supporters of Congo remind me a bit of the Palace fans," he laughs. "They're noisy!" 

"It's always been a great atmosphere over there in Africa."

The 26-year-old made headlines for the Eagles and the Leopards in 2014-15, captivating Premier League crowds and leading his country to an incredible third place finish in January's Africa Cup of Nations.

Bolasie said that the tournament was a great experience for him, helping him to develop as a player, which was evidenced in the performances he put in for Palace from February onwards, including the demolition of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in April.

"It was definitely a great experience for myself, I think as the tournament went on I grew as a player, learning to cope with responsibility, because a lot of my team-mates would look up to me as I'm one of the only current players in the Premier League. It was definitely a great experience."

He spoke about that win at Sunderland, in which he became the first Palace player to score a Premier League hat-trick, as well as revealing his aims for next season, during the interview at last month's Awards Night.

The full video interview is available HERE.


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