South Korea’s new national soccer team coach is preparing his players to be competitive in international matches.
Fifty-six-year-old Cho Kwang-rae, the current coach of South Korean professional soccer team GEE-ONG-NAM FC Gyeongnam FC, held his first news conference on Thursday and unveiled how he will train his players.
[Cho Kwang-rae, Korean National Soccer Team Coach]: (Korean, male)
"My mission is to train my players to be good for speedy turnovers of offence and defense. And our long-pending weak points are unstable defense and lack of scoring skills."
He replaces Huh Jung-moo, who resigned after leading the South Korean national team to the second round of the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
[Cho Kwang-rae, Korean Soccer Team Coach]: (Korean, male)
“South Korean soccer players should learn good passing skills. I claimed it 10 years ago and I have practiced it with my team members since then.”
Cho was a midfielder on the country's national team in the 1970s and 1980s and is well-known for his outstanding passing skills.
Seoul's Yonhap News agency says Cho has been recognized for his effective team strategy and for discovering young potential players.
South Korea has 15 professional soccer teams in the K-League and reached the semi-finals in the 2002 World Cup, co-hosted by Japan and South Korea.