Korea Plays Cameroon in Last Friendly Ahead of World Cup

  • By Sung Jin-hyuk

    September 27, 2022 09:15

    Korea faces Cameroon in Seoul on Tuesday in its last friendly match ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November. 
    The roster includes players based overseas such as Son Heung-min of Tottenham Hotspur, Hwang Hee-chan of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Kim Min-jae of Società Sportiva Calcio Napoli.
    At a press event on Monday, national football team head coach Paulo Bento said his goal is to win the match while maintaining the team's playing style. 
    Korean national footballers train in Paju, Gyeonggi Province on Sunday. /News1
    Korea, ranked 28th in the world by FIFA, drew 2-2 with No. 34 Costa Rica in its previous friendly last Friday, revealing some weaknesses in defense. 
    Cameroon, ranked 38th, is an African powerhouse, but its squad for the friendly is missing key Europe-based players such as attacker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting of FC Bayern Munich, midfielder André-Frank Zambo Anguissa of Napoli and Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui of KAA Gent. It lost to No. 77 Uzbekistan 2-0 in a friendly last Friday.  
    Cameroon national footballers train at a stadium in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap
    Bento said he will make changes in defense against Cameroon.
    "Our defensive organization was, in my opinion, good in the match against Costa Rica," Bento said. But he added that players made mistakes in defensive transition, which needs to be improved.
    Lee Kang-in of RCD Mallorca, who joined the national team for the first time in 18 months, stayed on the bench in last Friday’s match.
    Asked if he will give Lee a chance on Tuesday, Bento was noncommittal, saying only that it is not easy for young footballers to get a chance to play in international matches. 
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