Tokyo 2020 (F) – Rep. from Korea
- Kang Chaerim gains momentum in the Republic of Korea
- She had distinguished herself at France 2019
- She hopes to qualify the Taegeuk Ladies for their first Olympic Games
If courage and nerve earned points, then forward Kang Chaerim would surely give Korea Republic a leg up against PR China in the play-off to qualify for the Women’s Olympic Football Tokyo 2020.
The two teams are playing in this month of April in a double confrontation, the winner of which will compile his ticket for the summer meeting. The Taegeuk Ladies de Colin Bell host the Chinese this April 8 in Goyang, before returning to Suzhou five days later for the second leg.
“We have before us the best opportunity to compete in the Olympic Tournament for the very first time,” said Kang, striker of the Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels, at the microphone of FIFA.com. “The whole team aims to make history by qualifying. It is clear that I want to make my personal contribution and seize my chance to participate in our Olympic debut.”
A precious experience
Kang, who celebrated her 23rd birthday in March, draws her confidence from her successful performances during her baptism of fire at the FIFA Women’s World Cup ™ at France 2019. Two years ago, she was the surprise guest of the South Korean list, which did not prevent her from doing well, despite the three defeats conceded by her team.
Entering during the game in the first match, against a largely domineering French, Kang had no complex, including offering the first attempt of the Asians on a cons. “When I came into play against France, I was the youngest player on the pitch. I followed the coach’s instructions carefully and tried my luck. Maybe it is because he saw that I had confidence in myself that he started me in the following matches, ”she recalls. “We didn’t expect France to be so strong. We were a bit tense in this first match. But our team was better in the following matches. We would have been much better if we had faced the French in the second. or third game. “
Seduced by this aplomb, the coach at the time, Yoon Dukyeo, had started in the next two meetings, against Nigeria and Norway. Even though the Republic of Korea had lost again, without being able to score, they had had plenty of experience. The main thing, in his eyes. “It was a great experience playing against the best players on the planet at the World Cup. It showed me the areas in which I needed to improve physically and technically. And most importantly, I have built up confidence, which has served me well in the club and in the national team, ”she assures us.
This international exhibition acted as a trigger. A few months later, Kang scored his first international goals at the 2019 EAFF East Asian Cup, scoring a brace in the 3-0 win over Chinese Taipei.
Last name: Kang Chaerim
Date of Birth : 23 mars 1998
Post: striker / midfielder
Titles: WK League (2019, 2020)
Progress and ambition
The repercussions were even more spectacular in the club. She finished second in the WK League last season with nine goals in 21 appearances, making an active contribution to Incheon Hyundai’s eighth domestic title. She notably scored her team’s only goal in the semi-final victory over Suwon UDC.
“I am satisfied with my performances at club. I had more playing time and I scored more goals. In 2019, I had only scored six in 11 matches,” she recalls. “And I was happy with my goals against Chinese Taipei. When you play in my position, it’s always a great moment to score for the national team. It’s clear that now I feel the need to put others in. important goals in major competitions, ”she concludes.