Coach Hwang Seon-hong sent his faith toward the two strikers.
Coach Hwang Seon-hong announced the final list of soccer teams to participate in the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games at 2:00 pm on the 14th in the conference room on the 2nd floor of the Soccer Hall in Gwanghwamun, Seoul.
The 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games were originally scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China in September last year. However, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19), the tournament was postponed to September this year. As a result, the age of participation in the tournament has also increased from under 23 (U-23) to under 24 (U-24).
Park Jae-yong (FC Anyang) and Ahn Jae-joon (Bucheon FC) were named in the striker position from a total of 22 players, including three wild card players.
Initially, the striker Hwang wanted the most was Oh Hyeon-gyu (22, Celtic). Oh Hyeon-kyu, who was also on the adult national team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, is at an age where he can participate in the Asian Games. However, in the end, Oh Hyun-gyu was not included in the list.
In the case of overseas players, permission from the club is required to participate in the Asian Games. Moreover, Hyungyu Oh has already completed his military service, so he does not need a ‘military service exemption benefit’. From Celtic’s point of view, there is no need to send players during the season.
Director Hwang said at the press conference for the list announcement, “As a striker, it was a special position, so I was in a situation where I was worried until the end and waited for a choice. It was discussed so much that the list submission was delayed by two hours. As a result, it was not successful. In the case of overseas players, they couldn’t participate if their team refused, so they chose the next best option.”
In addition to Oh Hyeon-gyu, Joo Min-gyu (Ulsan) was also strong as a wild card. Joo Min-gyu scored 11 goals this season, ranking first in the K-League. Regarding this, coach Hwang said, “I made contact with all strikers. He talked with Joo Min-gyu and other players,” he said, but it did not lead to selection.
Director Hwang expressed regret and expectations for Park Jae-yong and Ahn Jae-joon.
Park Jae-yong made his K-League debut when he joined Anyang last year. He scored 2 goals in his debut season and is recording 6 goals and 1 assist in 16 K-League games this season. Jaejun Ahn wore a Bucheon uniform in 2021. His first season was scoreless, but he posted 4 goals in 2021 and 6 goals and 3 assists this year.메이저토토사이트
Director Hwang said, “Ahn Jae-jun continued to select and observe. He is capable of both the center and flanks and has strength in attacking moves. His scoring ability is also decent. Park Jae-yong excels in linked play. He has a poise despite his large stature. His offering power is also a strength. Both players are quick to absorb and develop at a good pace. He judged that he was competitive as a striker, and he expects that he will come out well if he only uses his ability in the finals.”
“It’s not a perfect idea, but the players selected this time are also competitive players. It is the manager’s responsibility to not score goals. I hope he has an enterprising mindset and will help you develop good skills.”