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Everton’s Bolasie, Lukaku use Bantu language to confuse defenders

England Premier League Soccer

Everton’s Yannick Bolasie, left, celebrates scoring his side’s first goal of the game with team-mate Romelu Lukaku during the English Premier League soccer match at Turf Moor, Burnley, England, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)


In keeping Romelu Lukaku around and convincing Yannick Bolasie to come to Goodison Park, Everton walked right into a secret advantage.

With apologies to Ross Barkley, Lukaku and Bolasie are the club’s most dangerous weapons. And they are made a bit more mysterious by a common bond few defenses can understand.

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That bond is the Congolese dialect of Lingala, a Bantu language.

The Liverpool Echo’s Phil Kirkbride has the story of how Lukaku and Bolasie use that little spoken -- at least in England -- dialect to help outfox defenders.

“It really helps when we talk in our language, Lingala, and I know his cousin, who plays with me for DR Congo.

“There aren’t too many defenders in the league who speak it, so that gives us a little bit of an advantage.

“It’s particularly useful because it’s quick.”

That’s a cool little quirk -- not to boil a language down to a quirk -- for Bolasie and Lukaku.

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