Women’s Olympic Football Tournament
- Kang Chaerim is an rising star in Korea Republic
- She represented her nation at France 2019
- The in-kind striker goals to fireside her facet by means of to their maiden Olympics
If braveness counts for something, then younger Korea Republic ahead Kang Chaerim appears set to fireside her facet by means of after they face China PR in April’s essential qualifying play-off for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament Tokyo 2020.
The two sides are locked within the two-legged decider the place the winners will progress to this 12 months’s world showpiece. Colin Bell’s Taegeuk Ladies would be the hosts on Thursday in Goyang for the primary leg earlier than travelling to Suzhou, China 5 days later for the return leg. Despite having by no means certified for the Olympics earlier than, Kang voiced their dedication to guide their maiden development.
“It is perhaps the best opportunity [for us] to qualify for the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament for the first time,” the Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels striker, who turned 23 final month, instructed FIFA.com in a pre-match unique interview. “It is the team’s common goal to make history [through qualification]. Personally, of course, I want to offer my contribution and grab the chance of playing in our Olympic debut.”
Courageous efficiency in Women’s World Cup debut
Kang’s confidence shouldn’t be unfounded contemplating her brave shows at her FIFA Women’s World Cup™ debut at France 2019. Two years again, she emerged as a shock inclusion within the squad however she minimize a courageous determine all through their group marketing campaign regardless of struggling three losses.
Sent on as a second-half substitute of their opener towards hosts France in a sport largely dominated by the hosts, Kang displayed few indicators of stage fright in hitting again on the break, together with managing Korea Republic’s first critical shot of the sport.
Impressed by her confident show, the then coach Yoon Dukyeo began Kang within the subsequent two video games towards Nigeria and Norway and though her workforce misplaced each matches and she or he failed to search out the again of the web, it was a priceless expertise in response to Kang.
“When I came on as a substitute [against France],” she mentioned. “I used to be the youngest participant on the pitch. I adopted the coach’s directions effectively and tried a shot. [Perhaps] the coach noticed the self-perception in me so he gave me beginning alternatives within the remaining video games.
“France were way better than we had expected and we were a bit nervous in the first game,” she continued. “But we performed higher in the remaining of the video games as a workforce. We would have carried out a lot better had we met the hosts within the second or third sport.
“[Despite the failure to progress beyond the group stage], it was a great experience competing against the world’s best in the Women’s World Cup. It showed me the areas where I can improve both physically and technically. And the most important was that my confidence was further bolstered when I returned to play with club and country.”
Name: Kang Chaerim
Birthdate: 23 March 1998
Honours: WK League (2019, 2020)
Progress on home scene
The worldwide publicity did set off her transformation as she emerged a special participant thereafter. A number of months later, Kang broke her worldwide duck within the 2019 EAFF Championship, bagging a brace as Korea Republic overwhelmed Chinese Taipei 3-0.
Even extra noteworthy had been her showings in final season’s WK League the place she completed because the league’s second high-scorer with 9 objectives from 21 appearances serving to Incheon Hyundai to their eighth home title. Notably, she netted the one aim as her facet noticed off Suwon UDC within the play-off semi-finals en path to the championship.
“I was satisfied with my performances [with my club] during last season,” she mentioned. “I earned extra taking part in probabilities and scored extra objectives – in 2019 I solely had six objectives from 11 matches.
“And I was happy for scoring against Chinese Taipei. As a forward, it is always exciting to score goals for the national team. Of course, I am feeling that I need to score more important goals [in major competitions].”