“I set a new goal to put it at number one.”
Lee Young-jae (28, Kim Cheon Sangmu) met with reporters immediately after contributing to Gimcheon’s 4-1 victory in the Hana 1 Q K League 2 2023 Round 7 home game against Bucheon FC held at Gimcheon Sports Complex on the 15th and said, “The undefeated march promised before the season In the middle of this brokenness, did you set the goal again before the discharge?
Previously, Lee Young-jae met with reporters at the media camp for winter battery training in Busan last February and set a goal, saying, “I want to go undefeated before being discharged.” The reason why he was so confident was because Kim Cheon boasted the most spectacular squad ever and was ranked as the overwhelming ‘River 1’.
However, contrary to expectations, Lee Yeong-jae failed to keep his promise as Gimcheon faltered in the early stages and lost consecutively to Busan I-Park in the 3rd round (1-3 loss) and Gyeongnam FC (0-2 loss) in the 4th round. However, he didn’t care and immediately changed the target.
Lee Young-jae said, “After being ranked in the first round before the opening game, the coach and our jockeys (Kang Yun-seong, Kwon Chang-hoon, Kim Ji-hyun) set the goal of being discharged undefeated, but it broke sooner than expected.” I set a new goal to put Gimcheon’s ranking at number 1 until now.”
According to officials in Gimcheon, Lee Young-jae, who will be discharged on June 26, is scheduled to play his last match against Chungbuk Cheongju FC on May 21. When he looked at the game schedule, he had seven games left.
On the other hand, this match had a special meaning for Lee Young-jae. Because it was a place to commemorate his 200th professional career. In fact, his family visited and watched the stadium, and during halftime, they were together at the ceremony.
In a situation where the ‘spotlight’ was concentrated, Lee Young-jae continued to perform well. After wearing the captain’s armband, he coordinated the game in midfield and led the build-up as always. He also earned attack points here. In the 40th minute of the second half, he acted as a set-piece kicker for a corner kick, connected an accurate cross, and helped Kwon Chang-hoon (28)’s fantastic volley goal.
Lee Young-jae said,안전놀이터 “I wanted to win as much as I celebrated the 200th game and held an event. I am really happy to give the fans a victory with good performance and many goals. I am also grateful that my colleagues played for me on a special day. I do,” he said.
He said, “It was a situation that I prepared during training for corner kicks. At first, I didn’t want to do it, but I stood the ball and watched it, but Chang-hoon was alone, so I connected the cross.” I wanted it to explode sooner. When I scored, I was more than happy to score and it was good to be able to help.”