South Korea coach Jong In Lee insists the transformation of his players off the pitch means more than performances on the pitch ever will.
He said: “This tournament changes lives. These players have experienced many depressing and despairing situations, but here at the Homeless World Cup they have developed more confidence and the wellness to leave their old lives behind.”
South Korea may have lost all four games in Stage 1, but have scored a solid 13 goals so far, and Lee is rightly proud of his players. Speaking after his side lost 10–3 to one of the tournament favourites Mexico, he added: “We were very satisfied with the game because we prepared well and stuck to our game plan.
“They have a lot of skill and confidence so we have to be pleased with that. They know the most important thing here is the team play, and we played together well.”
Words: David Brockett
Images: Romain Kedochim