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Guam appoint Korea Republic's Suh Dong-won as head coach


Kuala Lumpur: Guam have appointed coach Suh Dong-won from Korea Republic to lead their representative side into the remaining matches in the Asian Qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 to be played in June, the Guam Football Association announced on Monday.

Suh, who previously coached at Korea University and was the Korea Football Association Coach of the Year in 2016, replaces Karl Dodd after the Australian stood down from the role earlier in the month due to family reasons.

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“We are very fortunate to have the full commitment of a very highly qualified coach to take on the head coach role with the Matao for Round 2 of the Asian Qualifiers on such a short notice,” said Tino San Gil, GFA President.

“We have about one month before the team plays its first match in the qualification group in China, PR, and he’s been working very closely with GFA Technical Director Kim Sang-hoon getting acquainted with the team and also preparing tactically for Guam’s opponents in the round, China PR, Syria, and Philippines.”

Guam sit at the bottom of Group A and have yet to pick up a point in their first five qualifiers. They are due to take on China on May 30 before playing the Philippines and Syria.

“With a very short time to prepare, I am first focusing on identifying players with the help of GFA Technical Director Sang Hoon Kim – this short time we have in selecting and preparing players is very challenging, but we are doing the best we can with all information we have to prepare for the upcoming games and for the team’s best performance by next month,” Suh told the GFA’s official website.

“The goal of this tournament is to earn points, and we’re going to focus on the condition of the players and all tactical points we can make. We will have a short training camp before the matches to prepare players for a strong team mentality and effective tactical points for each opponent. We’ll be preparing for a cooperative defence, pressing in defensive areas, and also engaging in set-play repetitive training and tactical training so players gain more confidence in ball possession.

“For the fans of the Guam national team who will be cheering for us, we will show all fans a courageous game that we never give up.”

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