The Korean women’s soccer team will play two A-matches against Zambia, the ‘African dark horse’. It is a mock shooting in preparation for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand in July. Even if it is an evaluation match, it is an important schedule to pay attention to both performance and results. Colin Bell (62), the coach of the women’s national soccer team, also emphasized the victory against Zambia.
The women’s national team will play its first match against Zambia at Suwon World Cup Stadium on the 7th. This is the first evaluation match held at home this year. The national team will move to Mir Stadium in Yongin on the 11th to face Zambia again.메이저사이트
This evaluation match is to check the strength of the national team, but it is more meaningful to prepare for Morocco in the World Cup group stage. Korea will face Germany, Colombia and Morocco in Group H. All of them are strong teams, but Morocco, ranked 73rd in the FIFA rankings, is considered the weakest among these three teams. You must catch it to advance to the round of 16. Korea lost to Nigeria, who had a low FIFA ranking, in the Women’s World Cup in France four years ago. You must not repeat the same pain.
Lee Geum-min (30, Brighton) and Jo So-hyun (35, Tottenham), who are key players in the national team, also said, “We have to change from four years ago,” and “I will show a good performance in the match against Zambia.”
Zambia’s FIFA ranking is 77th, far behind Korea (17th). However, in July of last year, she boasted formidable power, such as finishing third in the Africa Women’s Nations Cup, which served as a World Cup qualifier. In particular, Zambia defeated Nigeria, which had defeated Korea in the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France, in the third and fourth place matches. Zambia, who made their first appearance in the Women’s World Cup, were tied in Group C along with Spain, Costa Rica and Japan.
In Korea, there are many players who are not in good condition due to injury after injury in this evaluation match. Representatively, ‘Ace’ Ji So-yeon (32, Suwon FC) is scheduled to miss the first game due to an ankle injury. He likely won’t be able to play Game 2 either. Yuri Choi (29, Incheon Hyundai Steel), who injured her hamstring, and Seo-yeon Shim (34, Suwon FC), who suffered from a bad knee, also failed to digest team training properly. Lee Min-ah (32), Kang Chae-rim (25), Jang Chang (27, Hyundai Steel), and Ryu Ji-su (26, Seoul City Hall) were also unable to make their names on this list due to injuries.
However, if you think differently, it is also an opportunity for players who have lacked playing time to take a picture of their eyes. Multi-defender Kim Jin-hee (25, Gyeongju Hansuwon), who plays both the center and the side, was also named to the A team for the first time. You can wear her Taegeuk mark and make her thrilling debut. It is also a meaningful match for key midfielder Cho So-hyun. He recovers from his injury and returns to the national team after 9 months, and plans to add strength.
In addition, the national team participated in the Arnold Clark Cup friendly competition last February, but lost all three matches against strong England (0-4 loss), Belgium (1-2 loss) and Italy (1-2 loss). If you get good results in the two consecutive matches against Zambia, it will also be an opportunity to raise the team atmosphere. Furthermore, you can be confident when facing Morocco at the World Cup. Coach Bell also emphasized, “The most important thing is to win both matches against Zambia.”