Ahead of the 2023 season, manager Kim Ki-dong (51) is full of smiles as he looks at Brazilian striker Zeca (26) wearing a Pohang Steelers uniform for the K League 1 (Part 1). It is because of the relief that the right person has appeared to solve Pohang’s long-standing concerns.
Pohang suffered from a lack of scoring ability in the front line after Ilyuchenko (FC Seoul) left for Jeonbuk Hyundai after the 2020 season. Foreign players such as Tash and Moses Ogbu failed, and Heo Yong-jun, who showed potential, moved on loan to Vegalta Sendai (Japan). With his unique organization, he ranked 3rd in the K-League 1 in the 2022 season, and even won the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) berth in the 2023-2024 season.
Pohang dropped Jeka, who played in Daegu last year. He is a proven striker on the Korean stage, scoring 16 goals and 8 assists in 38 games, 먹튀검증 including league and cup competitions. Jeka is also full of confidence. In an interview with Sports Donga, he said, “The reason I came to Pohang is to solve the worries of (the front striker). I will give my 100%, and I will always run without thinking about stopping. Even when I can’t score goals, I want to help the team somehow.”