Seongnam coach Kim Nam-il “A candidate for relegation? Go to the top split”

Reinforcement of defenders by recruiting Kwon Wan-gyu
“Thinking about how to spend less money efficiently”

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▲ Kim Nam-il, soccer coach

“Everyone thinks we are relegation contenders, but this year our goal is to make it to the top split (Final A). I want to write a reversal drama.”

Seongnam FC has the lowest salary among the 12 K League 1 teams, except for Sangmu Kim. Manager Kim Nam-il (picture 45), who led the team for the third year this year, did not deny this fact. However, this year, he expressed his determination to go higher. At a press conference for the 2022 K-League Training Media Camp held at the Parev Hotel in Seogwipo on the 11th, coach Kim said, “Seongnam is not a team with sufficient financial resources. However, rather than being dissatisfied with it, I am thinking about how to spend even a small amount of money efficiently.

Seongnam, which had been doing well in the beginning of last season, lost strength towards the last minute, and after struggling for relegation in the Final B, they barely succeeded in remaining in the K League 1 by placing 10th in the league. Coach Kim said, “Last year, I prepared for the season without setting a clear goal, and I regret it a lot. It will not be easy, but I will do my best to make it to Final A.”

Seongnam are working hard to reinforce their defense by signing Kwon Wan-gyu (31) in the winter transfer market. Goalkeeper Kim Young-kwang, who turned 40 this year, said, “The defense has become stronger as new players enter.

Manager Kim said, “I plan to further strengthen the defense,” adding, “I’m in contact with Park Dong-jin of FC Seoul as Mullich’s attacking partner, but I haven’t received a confirmation yet, and I’m waiting.”

Reporter Jang Hyeong-woo, Seogwipo


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