Korean national team manager Kim Hak-bum and ace player Son Heung-min (Tottenham) vow to bring home the gold medal at the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games.
World Cup star Son Heung-min arrived at Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 13. In the hours that it took to get from South Korea to the South East Asian country appears to have been a busy one — for his mind that is.
“I thought a lot about the Asian Games on the flight,” Son said during a short interview. “As the wildcard striker, I feel a lot of responsibility to do well,” he revealed. However, he doesn’t feel like his responsibilities are restricted to the field. With 20 players in total and led by coach Kim Hak-bum, Son wants to be a strength for his team members. “My role is to allow and extract the best skills from the younger players.”
It will be necessary given the competition. Although the 2018 World Cup nation team managed to beat Germany, Son says that they cannot be careless. “We could lose to another Asian team” Son reasoned. As such, no matter the circumstances, it is important to do their best.
The sentiment is particularly crucial for soccer players approaching the cut-off for military enlistments, like Son (26). Should the team take home the gold as they promised, the government may grant them a full military exemption.
Translated by O.C
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