Korean players "must unite and repay football fans"

The recently appointed Korean Football Association managing director, Kim Ho-gon (54), is reportedly so swamped with work that he no longer has time for regular gym workouts. The KFA official is dealing with the aftermath of a parliamentary inspection, incorporating the organisation and preparing the national team for 2006 World Cup Germany preliminary matches. The former manager-turned-official's major goals are to unite all Korean footballers; to "vitalize" Korean junior soccer; and to create an armed forces league to accommodate football talent in the military services.

According to Donga's Won-Hong Lee, the most pressing issue Kim faces is helping Dick Advocaat’s team prepare for the World Cup. “We’ll call in players to training session that will last for 45 days starting 15 January and ending in late February. A total of seven A-matches are scheduled during this period. This is how we plan to prepare for the Asian Cup preliminary that will be held in February next year,” Kim told him.

He stressed that Koreans must "clear their head" of 2002 World Cup euphoria. He pointed out China’s potential based on her vast population and Japan’s solid athletic infrastructure and said Korean football "should not get too comfortable" in its current position. “Footballers must unite and repay football fans for their support” he said.

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