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Could Chanting "Cabanga" Have Saved The Chairboys

It's too late for Wycombe now, but It might still do some good for England, which is why a well known TV presenter is prepared to take one for the boys in the hope of helping his nation's cause!

Following an internet campaign by England fans, Chris Kamara, one of the most positive men in English football has taken up the challenge to change his name to help bring the World Cup home this summer. Fans who believe a scientifically proven chant, Cabanga, will have a positive effect on our boys in South Africa have called for Kamara to be the movement`s ambassador and become Chris Cabanga for the duration of the tournament.

Chris Kamara has accepted their challenge but has called for 20,000 people to join England`s cause at www.facebook.com/ThinkCabanga before he changes his name to Chris Cabanga.

The man soon to be called Cabanga said, 'These crazy people want me to change my name to Chris Cabanga. They say it will help the boys win the World Cup. It looks like fun and I`ll do anything that helps England bring home the cup but I'm not going to change my name unless I know that the public are behind England and show that they want me to become Chris Cabanga!'

Having witnessed the results of Cabanga at www.youtube.com/user/cabanga Chris has become a believer in the power of the 12th man.

He added: 'I have seen the effects of the word Cabanga on performance, it seems clear we can use it to help cheer our lads to victory. With everyone chanting Cabanga it could make a very real difference. It could even be the crucial, deciding factor if a match goes to the dreaded penalties - I think if we all believe it, it could happen.'

Chris joins former England and Arsenal player, Lee Dixon, in backing Cabanga and England.

Dixon said: 'From my personal experience of hearing fans chant 'ENGLAND' during the key stages of a match I can honestly say the 12th man can help England win. With everyone chanting Cabanga it could make a very real difference.'

The movement came about after a team of researchers, backed by the Texaco brand, at the Mindlab International Laboratory discovered the perfect phrase for fans to shout is the Zulu word 'Cabanga', which means 'imagine'.

The crowd can often have the effect of a 12th man - so for the first time scientists studied the influence fans can have on a game. Three stages of testing were conducted, during which, players on the receiving end of the chants had their brains, heart rates and footballing skills monitored.

When the footballers heard 'Cabanga' being chanted they played better and were able to do more keep-ups and headed passes.

Experts in sports performance believe that if England fans adopt the chant it will give the players such a boost it could propel them to glory in South Africa this summer. Tests even showed that fans think the word could have a positive effect on performance and a Facebook page has now been set up to encourage this positive thought.

Dr David Lewis-Hodgson, who led the research, said: 'We all want England to do well this summer, but fans can hardly pull on a pair of boots and actually get out there to help the team.'

He continued 'It's well documented that vocal fans can have a positive impact on team performance - we wanted to see if we could focus this energy further via scientific methods. By discovering the most resonant word, Cabanga, we have found a means of focusing this energy and found proven evidence that it works. It unifies the crowd so it has a greater effect than other chants. It's a way of channelling positive energy and the enthusiasm of the crowd is what players thrive on. The chanting and cheering of football fans have proved to have a profound effect on the performance of teams and individual players.'

England supporters haven`t had much to sing about over the last few tournaments. Chris is now asking them to register their positivity at www.facebook.com/ThinkCabanga and actually will the England team on to victory. In return he will become the one and only Chris Cabanga.

And no article would be complete without the classic Kamara clip, hopefully Sky won't mind this being linked from YouTube. The great thing about Kamara, sorry, Cabanga...!... is he takes football but not himself seriously! Top notch.

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Writer: Len Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 31 2010

Time: 2:51PM


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