“I want to prove that Incheon is competitive”… ‘Captain’ Oh Ban-seok’s extraordinary determination for the ACL
As Incheon United prepares for its first Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) match, ‘captain’ Oh Ban-seok is determined. He is determined to showcase Incheon’s strength in the Asian competition.
Oh started the Hana One Q K League 2023 Round 30 home match against Jeju United at the Incheon Football Stadium at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Wearing the captain’s armband, he started as part of the back three and shut down Jeju’s offense to help the team win 2-1.카지노
Speaking after the game in the Common Press Area (Mix Zone), Oh said, “It was a meaningful game for us to win a key penalty shootout. It was a difficult game, but sometimes a win like this is good. Even if I’m not satisfied with the content, I’m glad we got the result.”
With just three games remaining before the final round, Incheon is on the upswing. With three wins (one draw and one loss) in their last five league games, they have closed the gap on third-place Gwangju FC to two points. Add to that FA Cup semifinalist Jeonbuk Hyundai Daejeon, and Incheon is poised to qualify for the ACL for the second straight season.
“The possibilities are open,” says Oh. Sometimes the team is good, sometimes not. “We are preparing for the ACL, but we need to show good form in the league to keep the momentum going. The FA Cup is also a possibility, so I hope the players will have a cohesive season.”
Buoyed by their dramatic win over Jeju, Incheon will host Japanese side Yokohama F. Marinos in their first ACL Group G match on April 19. While the players will be highly motivated for their first ACL match in the club’s history, captain Oh Ban-seok is aiming for victory.
“I think we are a squad that is ready for the ACL,” he said. The veteran players, including myself, who have ACL experience, will try to interact with the younger players. The trip to Japan will not be easy, but we will prepare well to get the points.”
When asked about the grouping, he said, “I know the teams are good, but all the teams in the ACL are good. We are preparing to represent Incheon and the K League, so we are trying to bring results.”
Oh Ban-seok, the team’s captain and the center of the back three, is expected to play in the first round of the ACL group stage. If he does, he will become the first player in Incheon’s history to wear the captain’s armband in an ACL match. Oban-seok emphasized the importance of the ‘first step’ as captain.
“It’s the 20th anniversary of the club’s founding, and I want to emphasize the significance of the first step,” he said. “We need to take the first step well so that we can show a steady performance in the ACL. It would be great to have a good performance, but for now, I want to put my greed aside and prove that Incheon is competitive in the Asian stage.”
Meanwhile, Incheon’s players, along with head coach Cho Sung-hwan and the secretariat, have decided to support ACL away tickets for fans. It was a gift for the fans who support the team ‘one hundred percent’ regardless of home or away.
Oh Ban-seok said, “I’m glad we were able to give the fans who stayed until the end despite the rain. We are grateful for their support and hope to reward them with a victory,” he said.