Should I postpone the military enlistment schedule…Kim Dong-hun’s “Last Fighting Spirit” Preview for Incheon
When asked about the performance of goalkeeper Kim Dong-heon (26-Incheon United) after the match against ACL Yokohama F.Marinos (Japan) at the Incheon Football Stadium on Monday, Incheon head coach Cho Sung-hwan smiled broadly. It means he’s important enough to ask for a delay in his enlistment date. Kim is scheduled to enlist in the Armed Forces Athletic Corps (Commercial) on the fourth of next month, and Cho laughed, saying, “I hope he can contribute to the team and enlist before Kaya (Philippines).”레모나토토 도메인
Earlier, the Korean Armed Forces recently left it up to the players to choose the date of enlistment for Gimcheon’s recruits, which was scheduled for the 4th of next month. This is because their respective teams’ schedules, such as the K League and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL), continue in December. The 13 players, including Kim Dong-heon, can either join the team as scheduled or request to delay their enlistment date.
The reason why coach Cho Sung-hwan wants Kim to join the team now is because he is a key part of the team’s strength. Kim has been Incheon’s starting goalkeeper this season, conceding just 24 goals in 23 appearances in the K League. He was also named to the Best 11 of the K League Rounds twice.
The 28th match against Yokohama was another game where Kim’s presence shone through. In what was a watershed moment for the team as they advanced to the Round of 16, Kim made a series of saves to keep Yokohama at bay. Whether it was saving a header from right in front of the goal or making a one-on-one save, he was a force to be reckoned with. In total, Kim stopped five of Yokohama’s six shots on goal on the day.
After the game, even opposing head coach Kevin Muscat (AUS) had his tongue in cheek: “There were some very good saves by their goalkeeper. If it wasn’t for the saves, we could have scored two or three goals in the first half alone. I don’t think we missed any chances. It’s just that the goalkeeper made some good saves,” he said, referring to Kim Dong-heon’s performance on several occasions.
Incheon’s next two matches will make or break their season. Against Daegu FC on the 4th of next month, a spot in next season’s ACL is at stake, and against Kaya on the 13th, a spot in the round of 16 of this season’s ACL is at stake. As captain Oh Ban-seok said, “Nothing is in our hands yet. We have to do our best until the end,” said captain Oh Banseok. Kim Dong-heon, who has been protecting the goal, is even more needed.
In response, Kim Dong-heon said, “Postponing my enlistment date is only the coach’s wish, but I’ll try to do some ‘smuggling’ (laughs). If there is a player to enlist with me, I will postpone it. Thanks to the director’s trust, I’m getting good performances. I want to make him happy with the results.” Kim Dong-heon is not the only one who is scheduled to enlist in the army, as there are many other players who have team commitments until December. With the enlistment date slightly delayed, the team can only hope to make a ‘last stand’ for Incheon in the remaining two games.