The Race for the Golden Boot
Chonburi: As they prepare to meet in Saturday’s AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 final, DPR Korea’s Kim Kyong-yong and Yuzuki Yamamoto from Japan are also in contention to land the tournament’s Top Scorer award.
Ahead of the title showdown in Chonburi, join the-AFC.com as we take a closer look at the two striking aces.
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DPR Korea, Striker. Number 17
Shining brightly, yet again, for DPR Korea is livewire forward Kim Kyong-yong, who was the 2017 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship MVP and Top Scorer with nine goals.
Kim has led the line superbly for her country at Thailand 2019, while her four goals have helped Son Sung-gwon’s charges confirm their place in what will be DPR Korea’s fifth successive AFC U-19 Women’s Champions final.
The Naegohyang Women's Football Club star opened her account courtesy of a smart finish in a 3-0 win over Vietnam on Matchday Two, before bagging her second of the tournament as DPR Korea beat host nation Thailand 3-1 to confirm their place at the top of the Group A standings.
Two more goals – both within the opening 10 minutes – against Korea Republic in Wednesday’s semi-finals have only served to underline Kim’s burgeoning reputation and earmark her as one to watch when she takes on Japan.
Japan. Striker. Number 19
With Japan on the verge of claiming a sixth AFC U-19 Championship title, 17-year-old Yuzuki Yamamoto has excelled throughout her country’s latest Continental campaign.
Despite not featuring against China PR on Matchday Three, the rising star has found the target in all three of Japan’s other games, netting four times in total and earning praise for her exemplary work rate and dedication to the cause.
After scoring twice as Japan beat Myanmar 5-0 on Matchday One, Yamamoto went on to score the second goal in a 2-0 win over Korea Republic – a victory which all but assured Japan’s passage through to the competition’s semi-finals.
Having beaten China PR to qualify for the knockout phase, Japan duly defeated Australia 7-0 with Yamamoto netting once again to take her tournament tally to four and keep her well and truly in the spotlight ahead of Saturday’s final.
Also in Contention
No fewer than four players currently have three goals to their name. Japan duo Haruka Osawa and Maho Hirosawa may well add to their tally in the final, while Australia Mary Fowler and Kang Ji-woo from Korea Republic look set to feature in the third-place play-off.
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