Now we meet as ‘enemies’. Jeju United coach Nam Ki-il and Gwangju FC coach Lee Jung-hyo will face off for the first time.

Jeju, led by coach Nam, and Gwangju, led by coach Lee, collide head-on in the 9th round of ‘Hana One Q K League 1 2023’ at the Gwangju Soccer Stadium on the 26th. The total record of the two teams is 6 wins, 5 draws, and 5 losses, with Jeju slightly ahead, and in the last 10 games, Jeju has an advantage with 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses.

The promoted team Gwangju (13 points) is causing a sensation in the early season. In the 8th round, they recorded a 0-0 draw with Gangwon FC, but they are showing hot attack power. Even in the first part, Gwangju is showing its unique color. It is threatening the first division teams with organized and one-step soccer. Gwangju has already won 4 wins (1 draw and 3 losses) in 8 matches. Above all, Gwangju is showing a strong performance at home this season. 4 wins and 1 draw in 5 home matches, including the Korea Football Association (FA) Cup.

Jeju has a bad flow at the beginning of the season. In the 6th and 7th rounds, they beat Gwangju FC and Suwon Samsung and ran for 2 consecutive wins, but lost 0-2 to Jeonbuk Hyundai in the 8th round and the winning streak ended. The injured are returning one by one, but they are not on the right track yet. In particular, he conceded 11 runs in 8 games, but 4 of the last 5 games have more than multi-run. It seems to be the key to raising the organization of the defense team. Another task is to fill the void left by Lee Ju-yong, who was sent off due to an accumulation of warnings in Jeonbuk.스포츠토토

In particular, the match between the two teams draws more attention because it is the first confrontation between the two teams’ command towers. Director Lee worked with director Nam for a long time in the past. Starting in 2016, when coach Nam was the manager of Gwangju, he ate together with Seongnam FC and Jeju for about five years. Coach Lee, who promoted Seongnam and Jeju together with Nam, was appointed to Gwangju last year and succeeded in promotion within a year. And the first confrontation between the two command towers took place. They must meet as ‘enemies’ and overcome each other. Because they know each other better than anyone else, an even fiercer battle is expected.

In addition, there are Kim Joo-gong and Hayes, who have been active in Gwangju, in Jeju. Kim Joo-gong made his professional debut in Gwangju in 2019 and played an active role as a key striker in Gwangju until the 2021 season. Hayes also recorded 16 goals and 9 assists in 69 appearances in the Gwangju uniform over the past two seasons. Both of them are facing their own team for the first time.

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