21 March 2024

“Lee Kang-in controversy” is over. Should we raise the mood by winning the match against Thailand

By pestfood.com

Controversy within the national soccer team, which has shaken the national team for the past month and a half, has finally come to an end. Now it is time to focus on the match against Thailand.

The South Korean national soccer team, led by head coach Hwang Sun-hong, will play the third group match of the 2026 FIFA North Central U.S. World Cup against Thailand at 8 p.m. on the 21st at Seoul World Cup Stadium.

Earlier, the Korean team won two consecutive games against Singapore and China under former coach Jurgen Klinsmann, earning six points, and is currently ranked first in the group. Thailand, Korea’s opponent in the third group match, lost to China, but won against Singapore, ranking second in the group.

After failing to win the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Qatar Asian Cup, South Korea replaced former coach Klinsmann and decided to play two consecutive World Cup qualifiers against Thailand in March under interim coach Hwang Sun-hong.

After the Asian Cup, it was the rumor of discord within the national team that received more attention than the replacement of the coach.

The incident, named the “table tennis gate,” is an incident in which Son Heung-min, the captain of the national team, and Lee Kang-in, the present and future of Korean soccer, collided during the tournament. It was a big controversy when it was revealed that Lee Kang-in had stepped down against Son Heung-min, the captain of the national team, and that Son Heung-min suffered a dislocated finger during the fight.

Despite Lee Kang-in’s direct visit to Son Heung-min and apologizing to his teammates at the Asian Cup over the phone, the controversy remained. There were some voices that Lee Kang-in should not be selected for the March A-match as a disciplinary measure, but Hwang declared a head-on breakthrough, saying he would call Lee Kang-in to solve the problem quickly and make it an opportunity for the team to unite more.

Son Heung-min and Lee Kang-in, the parties to the case, finally put an end to the controversy after entering Korea.

” (Lee) Kang-in reflected on his actions and made an apology in front of all the players, and the players accepted the offer as well. I think the players also accepted his courage and attitude to apologize. This gave us an opportunity to unite the national team,” captain Son Heung-min said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Lee Kang-in also bowed his head before the training on Tuesday. “I received a lot of love, attention, and support during the Asian Cup, but I failed to repay them as much as I did. I want to say sorry to disappoint you. I learned a lot from this opportunity. I am spending time reflecting on myself, thinking that everyone’s bitter comments will help me in the future. I will try to become a better person and an exemplary person,” Lee said, expressing his apology to his fans. 룸알바

Now that all the controversies that shook the national team have come to an end, it is time to focus on the match against Thailand. Korea plans to secure advance to the third qualifying round, which can be the last gateway to advancing to the 2026 World Cup finals by winning both consecutive matches against Thailand.

If South Korea is to take a step closer to the North-China World Cup, it needs to boost the stagnant atmosphere by winning the two consecutive games, especially the third game at home.