‘Ace Hwang Seon-Hong Ho’ Ko Young-Jun (22, Pohang Steelers) revealed his thoughts about his competitor Lee Kang-In (Mallorca), who is the same age as him. He talked about ‘respect’ rather than competition for Lee Kang-in.
On the 16th, Ko Young-jun faced reporters at the NFC (National Football Team Training Center) in Paju and said, “(Lee Kang-in) has overlapping positions and says he is a competitor, but he is far ahead of me as a competitor. Even when I look at them, I can see that they are doing very well, so I don’t think they are competitors. He learns a lot and is also motivating,” giving a thumbs up.
The Asian Games U-24 (under 24 years old) soccer team led by coach Hwang Seon-hong gathered at Paju NFC on the 15th. Coach Hwang urgently summoned 27 K-League players to prepare for the Asian Games four months ahead. Koh Young-jun, who had been an ace in Hwang Seon-hong, was also called.
Koh Young-Jun, who has led Hwang Seon-Hong-Ho’s second-line attack so far, cannot be guaranteed to participate in the Asian Games. It is because the ‘previous competition’ awaits. In particular, Ko Young-joon’s position overlaps with Lee Kang-in, who will join ahead of the Asian Games.
However, Ko Young-jun said, “I can’t feel anything certain because there are so many good players. You have to show good looks for the remaining period to gain a competitive edge. I think I have to show a good performance on the team,” he said. It is right to do the best I can in my position,” he emphasized.
There is also the possibility of joining a wild card in the same position. Coach Hwang Seon-hong said in an interview the day before that he was struggling with 10 wild card candidates. Koh Young-jun said, “I’m conscious because a wild card might come in my place, but I’m not very conscious because it makes a good team if I go with it anyway.”
I can’t say for sure, but there is a reason why Ko Young-joon can be confident about going to Hangzhou. He said, “Director (Hwang Seon-hong) thinks speed is important. There are many things similar to Pohang, so there is no objection. If I play well in Pohang, I think coach Hwang Seon-hong will appreciate it.” 스포츠토토
This training, which lasts until the 17th, is also important, but coach Hwang Seon-hong announced that he would see the performance of his team. Ko Young-jun said, “I think he is doing well in the team, so he has a little bit of competitiveness. Since it has not yet been confirmed, I think I will be able to go if I do well with my team for the remaining period,” he said, expressing his will, saying, “It would be an honor to go (to the Asian Games).”