The national team’s new goalie, Kim Joon-hong (Kim Chun), has been urgently called in to replace Kim Seung-gyu (Al-Shabab), who was eliminated from the national team due to injury. The number of players cannot be registered for the tournament, but the decision was made to ensure smooth training.
The Korea Football Association (KFA) said on the 22nd (Korea time), “We called Kim Joon-hong to replace Kim Seung-gyu, who suffered a knee injury,” adding, “Kim Jun-hong will join the national team and participate in the training immediately after entering Doha, Qatar on the 23rd.”
As a result, the national team, which has been operated as two goalkeepers since the 19th, Cho Hyun-woo (Ulsan) and Song Bum-keun (Shonan Belmare), has become a three-goal system again in five days.
Kim Seung-gyu, the main goalkeeper of the Korean national soccer team, suffered a major injury that ruptured the cruciate ligament in his right knee during training on the 18th. The national team decided to release Kim Seung-gyu from his call-up.
Kim Seung-gyu stabilized for a few days, watching the match between South Korea and Jordan from the stands on the 20th, and boarded a flight to South Korea on the 23rd.
Kim Joon-hong will take the place where Kim Seung-gyu left. According to a national team official, the association immediately asked Gimcheon to call Kim Jun-hong after deciding to call off Kim Seung-gyu. Kim Jeong-yong, the head coach of Gimcheon, cooperated, and Kim Jun-hong headed to Qatar.
Kim Jun-hong will join the national team, but he is not allowed to play in accordance with the regulation that he cannot register as a new player after the first round match. He is not even allowed to sit on the technical sheet and has to watch the game from the stands.
Nevertheless, why did they hurriedly call in Kim Jun-hong? It is because normal team training cannot be conducted with two goalkeepers.
Coach Kim Bum-soo, who served as a goalkeeper coach for the women’s national soccer team and Ulsan Hyundai (currently Ulsan HD), said, “We need at least three goalkeepers in one team. Even when conducting a goalkeeper training program, there should be three players to control the amount of training and condition of the players,” he said. “The day after the game, two players, except for the goalkeeper who played in the game, often train with players who did not play the previous day.”
“A goalkeeper is a position that is sensitive even to small injuries. If you experience any pain or discomfort during training, you should have a goalkeeper to replace you,” he said. “Considering everything, it is very important to have three goalkeepers in the tournament.” 헤라카지노도메인
The upcoming call-up will be a meaningful experience for Kim Joon-hong as well as for himself. Just like Oh Hyun-kyu (Celtic), a member without a number during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the call-up can serve as a stepping stone for his growth.
Oh Hyun-kyu failed to make the final entry for the World Cup, but has since shown growth by moving to Celtic and consistently being selected for the national team.
Kim Jun-hong, who led the team to the semifinals at the U20 World Cup in June last year, made the A-team twice in September and October last year. With the upcoming Asian Cup call-up, Kim can expect another leap forward.