Football – Korea Taps Jeonbok’s Choi as National Coach Amid Controversy
SEOUL, South Korea – The Korean men's national soccer team has finally made their decision for a new football coach, but not everyone, including the coach it seems, is pleased with the decision.
The KFA technical committee has chosen 52-year-old Choi Kang-hee to lead the squad to qualify for their eighth consecutive World Cup campaign, which next takes place in Brazil in 2014.
However, the new coach has said that he will remain in charge only until the final phase of the Asian qualifying that ends June 2013.
“This is a very important time for Korean football,” he said. “I came today with a firm determination for Korean football that groomed me. But, I feel unqualified to bring about results at the World Cup finals,” addinghe would like to return to K-League team Jeonbok Motors as soon as possible.
The KFA has been under fire, first for firing the previous coach without warning, then botching the hiring process. Many people inside the KFA, and football analysts around the country had prefered a foreign coach lead the team.
Though Korea leads their group with 10 points, the next game against Kuwait is crucial to their chances to make the World Cup. They need at least a draw to progress to the final Asian qualifying phase.