Captain Jo Seong-kwon (Gimpo) of the U-22 national soccer team, which is about to enter the first gateway to the 2024 Paris Olympics, is united as coach Hwang Seon-hong, emphasizing ‘one team’. I promised myself that I would achieve my goal.
Cho Seong-kwon, who met with reporters at the national team training held at the Changwon Soccer Center on the 5th, said, “It is a great honor to train and play with players representing the K-League,” and added, “As this is the first competition to prepare for the Olympics, I want to get off to a good start. “I prepared hard with the players,” he said.
The U-22 national team, led by coach Hwang Seon-hong, will begin the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Asian Cup qualifiers, which are the first qualifiers for the Paris Olympics, starting with the match against Qatar on the 6th. Only after passing this competition can they participate in next year’s U-23 Asian Cup finals, the final Asian qualifying round for the Paris Olympics.
In the tournament, which was the first step toward the Paris Olympics, coach Hwang entrusted the captaincy to Cho Seong-kwon, whom he had selected and watched since last year.
“Actually, I don’t know why the coach entrusted me with the captaincy, but I guess he trusted me,” said Jo Seong-kwon, who smiled awkwardly. “The coach didn’t put a lot of pressure on me, but he asked for a lot of ‘one team,’ so I shared tactics with the players and put them into practice.” “I’m trying to do it,” he said.안전놀이터
Cho Seong-kwon, a graduate of Geumho High School and Ulsan University who joined Gwangju FC last year, did not make his K-League debut in Gwangju, but was loaned to Gimpo FC in K-League 2 this year and is playing as a key defender.
Jo Seong-kwon said, “I think the most difficult thing to adapt to as a professional player was the tempo. It was difficult to keep up in the first few games, but now I have adapted a lot.” He added, “As I play, my confidence is definitely building and my senses are improving a lot.”
As the invisible competition for the Paris Olympics has begun, he expressed his ambition, saying, “I am confident that I will not lose in defensive coverage, interception, and one-on-one ability,” and “I want to show those things if I go to the game.”