Malaysian coach calls on players to fight without fear against South Korea

Malaysia coach Kim Pangong spoke at a press conference on Wednesday ahead of the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup Group E match against South Korea at the Main Media Center in Doha.United

South Korean-born coach Kim Pang-gon will face his home country for the first time since taking charge of the Malaysian men’s national soccer team two years ago.

The final Group E match of the Asian Football Confederation Asian Cup will be played in Qatar on Thursday. Malaysia has already been eliminated from the final tournament after consecutive losses to Jordan and Bahrain. Malaysia, ranked 130th in the FIFA rankings, will be at a heavy disadvantage against South Korea, ranked 23rd, when they play at Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, south of Doha.

Although there are few teams left to represent Malaysia, Kim insisted on Wednesday that they still want to compete hard against “such a huge footballing country.”

Coach Kim said at the pre-match press conference held at the main media center in Doha, “Our staff will do our best to motivate the players ahead of this match.” “This should be a good challenge and a very positive challenge for us. We have nothing to lose. Depending on our performance and the situation, we can gain momentum and foundations for the future. It might be possible.”

Coach Kim admitted that he feels pressure on a personal level as he prepares to coach against South Korea for the first time, but says he has to put his personal feelings aside. I understand.

“Personally, there is a lot of pressure because I know Korea more than others. I know that their players are very strong individually,” Kim said. “But for me, it doesn’t matter. We need to turn that part off and take all the pressure off from the personal side. As Malaysian coaches, we have to show something to the Malaysian players. I want to fight strong and well, so I don’t have to.”

South Korea started the tournament by defeating Bahrain 3-1, but a late own goal forced them to a 2-2 draw against Jordan. The Taegeuk Warriors have been attracting attention for their mediocre performance against Jordan, but Coach Kim said from South Korea, “It wasn’t easy to find weaknesses.”

“There are a lot of questions, but for me they have a good team. I hope they make it to the finals,” Kim added. “Internally we have been preparing to attack their weaknesses. But in general, it is difficult to find weaknesses. They are one of the top teams.”

Kim said it is important for Malaysia to get a taste of playing against such powerhouses early on, especially as they may face similar teams if they reach the final stage of the World Cup Asian Qualifiers. he said.

“This is not the last game of the year, nor is it the last tournament of the year,” the coach said. “The important thing is that Malaysia has come here (Asia Cup) for the first time in 43 years. Malaysia has to come here consecutively in all the final stages of the Asia Cup. And one day, we will be in the round I will take on the challenge of making it to 16.” In order to stand on this stage again for the first time in four years, we must prepare well. ” (Yonhap)

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