|Cho Gue-sung of the South Korean men's Olympic football team. (Photo from Kleague United)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] SEOUL-- As strikers on the South Korean men's Olympic football team, Oh Se-hun and Cho Gue-sung face constant pressure from opposing defenders. Then there's the pressure that they put on themselves to deliver goals for the team. And it's something they readily embrace.
"As a striker, I am supposed to score goals, no matter what happens on the field," Oh said in an online interview Thursday from Jeju Island, where the Olympic squad has been training for a pair of friendly matches against Ghana. "I'll try to give our fans something to cheer about." The first of the two matches is 7 p.m. Saturday, followed by the one at 8 p.m. next Tuesday. Both will be at Jeju World Cup Stadium.
Oh, 22, has been able to rise to the occasion in his burgeoning international career. He scored twice during South Korea's run to the final at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In 13 matches at the U-23 level, Oh already has five goals. Two of those came at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship, which doubled as the continental Olympic qualifying tournament. South Korea won the tournament to book a ticket to Tokyo Cho, a frequent teammate of Oh's on the U-23 national squad also had two goals at the Olympic qualifying event.