Yu Son-gum: I do not feel pressure
Chonburi: DPR Korea goalkeeper Yu Son-gum is adamant that adverse pressure will not be a factor when her side meets Korea Republic in the AFC U-19 Women’s Championship Thailand 2019 semi-finals on Wednesday.
Under the guidance of head coach Son Sung-gwon, DPR Korea have impressed in Chonburi, with three successive victories helping them finish first in Group A and move within touching distance of not only a place in the competition’s final, but also a berth at next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Nigeria.
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As Asia prepares to watch on, Yu has declared that she is far from daunted by the prospect of playing for such high stakes.
“I do not feel pressure at all,” the talented custodian, who featured in two of DPR Korea’s three group stage matches, told the-AFC.com.
“Instead of pressure I just feel confident, and I think it will be very important for us if we qualify [for the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup]. It will also be [good to] fulfill the expectations of my parents and friends in my Motherland.”
A win over regional rivals Korea Republic would, potentially, see DPR Korea face Japan in the final, in what would be a repeat of the tournament’s 2017 title showdown.
Although reigning champions Japan have still to overcome Australia in their last four encounter, Yu believes history would not repeat itself should she get to play against the five-time title winners.
“They say that failure is a shortcut to success,” she said.
“I am very confident that [if we meet Japan again] we will win the match.”
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