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South Korea coach fears Ghana's ferocious counter-attacks ahead of tonight's friendly

Published on: 08 June 2014
South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo has admitted that he fears Ghana massive counter-attack capabilities when the two sides clash in a pre-World Cup friendly in Miami on Monday night.

South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo has admitted that he fears Ghana massive counter-attack capabilities when the two sides clash in a pre-World Cup friendly in Miami on Monday night.

The two World Cup bound countries have been training in the Miami heat for the past one week before they travel for the tournament to be played in Brazil from this week.

But the coach of the Asian country is aware of the counter-attacking threat posed by Ghana but has admitted that that will help his side in gauging the threat of Russia, their opponents in the opening match of the World Cup.

In 15 matches under Hong since last summer, South Korea has netted just 15 goals, four of them coming against minnows Haiti.

South Korea has let in 18 goals in their net in 15 games, and the defenders will have their hands full against Ghana.

Striker Asamoah Gyan leads the African side with 39 international goals while the AC Milan midfielders -- Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari -- will also be dangerous for the Black Stars.

At a pre-match press conference held Sunday, Hong said he wants his players to tighten things up on both ends against Ghana.

"We need to make sure we don't concede Ghana opportunities to mount counter-attacks," the South Korean coach said.

"Russia (South Korea's first World Cup opponent) is strong at counterattacks, and I will keep a close watch on how we can handle such situations in tomorrow's match."

Hong likely won't depart too much from his starting line-up deployed against Tunisia, except for center-back Hong Jeong-ho, who bruised his foot in the second half of that match.

Hong has since recovered and has taken part in full drills since Thursday, but the coach could keep the defender on the bench as a precaution.


  • Ghanaboy says:
    June 09, 2014 07:05 am
    The initial article has been replaced by GSN..... it stated that Cameroon footballers refused to board their flights to Brazil. remember that article?.... well this is it so the earlier comments were meant fr that until GSN changed it
  • Sportsfan Jay Jay says:
    June 08, 2014 09:22 pm
    Stop nonsense talk, if you do not read papers let others who read them give you the information necessary concerning Ghanians squard. Ghanian players were given over 85000 usdollars for their participation. Have it in your head, what has cameroon government given to the players, tell us! It is their right to ask for it. And they need it. Qualifying the team means more money to the federation. Playing in their respective clubs is their personal contracts signed by them, the federation should not overlook at it. it is for them. Leaving their clubs to defend cameroon the federation need to pay them accordingly. Do you know what other teams had with the same amount of money attributed by Fifa to prepare qualified clubs for the world cup? look at spain, 358000 us dollars. nigeria, 120000 usdollars, algeria, 100000 usdollars, what has been given to cameroon...... promisis so you like that.... cameroon is cameroon, that is the change we need from people like you. For you putting the country first means monkey de work baboon de chup. that you.
  • Kwabena says:
    June 09, 2014 05:13 am
    Where in this article has any bonuses been raised. Forumites these days seems to always misplacing comments too much. Comment on the article and invite discussions rather these 'nonfa' which is always out of phase with the topics.
  • Kofi(Atlanta) says:
    June 09, 2014 05:32 am
    Kwabena, I agree with you. I'm in total lost as my friends seems bent on bring comment unrelated to the article in topic.. I thought the article was about Ghana and Korea.,.,,
  • alomkos says:
    June 09, 2014 02:11 am
    someone said fifa stages a wc every four years so that some few african countries use the occasion as a platform to further their personal greed and grievances between themselves and their corrupt football government(s). It was Cameroon in 2002, Togo in 2006, Nigeria in 2010 and Cameroon again in 2014.
  • Shaf says:
    June 09, 2014 01:57 am
    We'll pay them what's due them and there will be no strikes boycotts and what have you. It is important that people of responsibility show exactly that whenever they are entrusted with such. The fact that they earn more is a non starter how many people in authority will chose to transport himself or herself to an official European engagement from their own earnings just in the name of nationalism. Let's stop the greed and thievery and pay out what's their due
  • afrikaba1 says:
    June 08, 2014 05:02 pm
    Well authorities must stop trying to pocket monies meant for players. African football administrators like that. I hope Ghana is showing them the way.
  • futbolcraze says:
    June 08, 2014 05:33 pm
    As sad as this sounds and it may end up affecting the I/Lions performance In Brazil, with a possible early exit. On the other side of the coin, the players must have done their calculations, knowing that the bigger the balance they leave for FECAFOOT, the more money the bureaucrats and their girlfriends will pocket. Whoever says this happens only in Africa may be right on the issue of disputes, but some of the other countries pay their players many times more than African players receive. The only difference is that in such countries where laws actually work, any FA that pockets money would be the subject of scandalous headlines by their investigative press and media and the government will bring the crooks to book. Very unlikely in our countries. Truth be told that Nigeria and Cameroon have been the 2 countries worst affected by this issue, for reasons mentioned here.
  • spellBOUND says:
    June 08, 2014 02:53 pm
    Greedy and ungrateful children. you make 10 times at your respective clubs more than you do from your country, yet you're threatening strikes and hold outs. someone needs to remind these fools that others are dying for the privilege to play for their motherland. we do not hear such stories from any other countries, but african nations, yet african countries have achieved less at the mundial in comparison. countries like 9ja and cameroon with past issues of player bonuses should take a cue from Ghanian players and their mentality to put country first. team issues heading into a tournament can only spell doom.
  • texas says:
    June 08, 2014 05:15 pm
    Not a good sign Cameroon......