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Bolasie wants Cup as gift for his mother's birthday


Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie


Yannick Bolasie

Yannick Bolasie hopes to give his mother a "special" birthday present by inspiring Crystal Palace to win the FA Cup.

As a child he also played district football at the old Wembley for Brent Borough, but while that remains a fond memory his parents are the focus of his nostalgia this week.

Bolasie's father passed away at the start of the season and so misses the biggest game of his son's career after being devoted to following him. Mother Yolande turns 54 on Saturday and, close to the family home in Willesden, Bolasie hopes to give her something to cherish.

"My dad followed all parts of my career and these kind of moments, now it's come and he's not there," said the winger, 26. "Hopefully my mum will enjoy it because it's her birthday and hopefully I can make it special.

"Hopefully I can say the FA Cup (will be her present). She'll be more than happy. She follows my football really closely and she is almost like my manager as well.

"(I could) try to get her a coach (to the stadium) but it doesn't make sense, Willesden to Wembley. You can't do that really. So I guess we'll do something (for her birthday) after.

"I (still) go back (home) a lot, my brothers are still there and she does a lot of cooking for me."