Choi Jae-hoon, vice-captain of Gimpo FC, shared his impressions of finishing the first round undefeated. The reaction of the surroundings to Gimpo’s propaganda has also changed greatly.
At 4:00 pm on the 14th,스포츠토토 Gimpo, who had the 13th round of the ‘Hanawon Q K League 2 2023’ at Yi Sun-shin Sports Complex in Asan, defeated Chungnam Asan 1-0. Gimpo went undefeated in 12 matches, beating Sangmu Kim Cheon and regaining first place in the league.
Choi Jae-hoon, who started the game as captain that day, played only 45 minutes in the first half and was replaced by Lee Seong-jae to finish the game. When asked about the reason after the match, he did not feel much regret, saying, “I was in a bad condition today. I think the coach judged me and took it out. There are many other good players behind me.
Choi Jae-hoon is the vice-captain of Gimpo, but has been playing with the captain’s armband since the beginning of the season. This is because the captain, goalkeeper Lee Sang-wook, is out due to injury. Choi Jae-hoon took over as captain and helped set a record of a 12-game unbeaten streak.
Choi Jae-hoon said, “I’m leading the team as captain because Sang-wook hyung is injured. I’m a poor captain, but my teammates listen to me well. The team has become tight as the mercenary players listen well. So I think we’re going undefeated.” thanked them
Choi Jae-hoon has a lot of K-League 2 experience. He has been playing for Gimpo since last season after spending three seasons at FC Anyang and two seasons at Seoul E-Land. His official number of appearances alone is 165. However, the current team ranking is the highest.
Choi Jae-hoon laughed, saying, “It’s the first time I’m in first place while in K-League 2. Honestly, it’s better than being at the bottom. There are so many things to overcome, but it feels good. Being at the top is good.”
When coach Go Jeong-woon asked what he talked about in the locker room after the game, he said, “Thank you very much to the players. Lee Seok-i and I were not in good shape, but they did well, so we were able to win today. He said that we could do more. He did,” he said.
When asked to name the most difficult moment during the first round, he remembered the match against Seongnam. “It was the first time I saw a team that completely defended against us. I felt it for the first time while being a pro. It was a little difficult mentally how to play this game and where to receive the ball.”
Gimpo’s undefeated streak also changed the reaction of the people around them. Choi Jae-hoon said, “I heard a lot of stories from acquaintances saying, ‘Gimpo is very good.’ Also, my best friend is Kim Moon-hwan of Jeonbuk Hyundai. He is a college friend and was with the 23-year-old national team. ‘You guys are where we need to be.’ He said. As a joke, I even joked about playing with Jeonbuk. Only Moonhwan and his friends are cheering for our team,” explaining the reaction around him.
Finally, as a captain, he said that he would suggest a ‘dining ceremony’. Choi Jae-hoon added, “I will talk to the coach to have a dinner for the players. Originally, he does it often. Now that the first round has been completed, I have to tell him to do it once more.”