“I lost a lot of confidence when I was in Switzerland, but I’m finding it now.”
Hwang Seon-hong’s key striker, Jung Sang-bin (Minnesota), assisted on Jeon Byung-kwan’s (Daejeon Hana Citizen) goal in the 40th minute of South Korea’s 3-0 win over Myanmar in their third match of the 2024 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Asian Cup qualifiers at the Changwon Football Center on Wednesday. South Korea qualified for the U23 Asian Cup in Qatar next April.
Playing alongside Kim Shin-jin (FC Seoul) and Uhm Ji-sung (Gwangju FC) in a three-man frontline, Sang-bin energized the Korean attack before being replaced by Heo Yul (Gwangju FC) late in the second half.
“The coach asked me to cross from the side and shoot from inside the box. I tried my best to do what he asked,” he said, adding, “It was hard not to score in the previous two games, so of course I would be lying if I said there was no pressure. I thought the players should have scored more goals. It’s not a lot of goals, but I’m glad we got three.”
South Korea lost 0-2 against Qatar in their first group game and were held to a single goal in their second match against Kyrgyzstan. Again, the team showed a frustrating performance, scoring only one goal before the 40th minute.
“The overseas players came just before the first game and had little time to get used to each other,” said Jung Sang-bin. They didn’t know the players, so they needed time. Before the third game, it was okay because we got to know the players and became closer.”
After breaking out in the 2021 season with six goals and two assists in 28 games in the K League 1, Sang-bin was loaned to Swiss satellite club Grasshopper Club Zurich shortly after his move to Wolverhampton. However, he got less playing time than he expected. He eventually moved to Minnesota United FC in the United States in March. He is getting more opportunities than he did in Switzerland.
“I’m still not half as good as I was in Suwon. When I was in Switzerland, my confidence dropped a lot. Since coming to the United States, the players have been pushing me a lot. I’m finding my confidence. I always try to be confident,” he said.
“I’ve always wanted to be on the A team. 온라인바카라 It’s every player’s dream. I think it’s important to always play well and score a lot of offensive points, whether it’s in the USL or on the national team.”
Now that she’s through the first gate. Now it’s on to the next step: the main event next April. The top three finishers at the U23 Asian Cup, which features 16 Asian nations, will qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The fourth-place team will play a playoff against the fourth-place African qualifier.
“In the last Asian Cup, we didn’t make it past the quarterfinals because of the coronavirus. “I think we are a powerhouse in Asia, and I think we should go all the way to the final. It’s important for us to come together as a team,” he said.