Jeong Ho-yeon, “Please spray some water on the field during training,” despite winning streak
Jeong Ho-yeon (23, Gwangju FC) has drawn attention for asking his club to improve poor facilities.
The midfielder scored the second goal in Gwangju FC’s 3-0 home win over Hana Citizen in the 25th round of the Hana One Q K League 2023 at the Gwangju Football Stadium on Thursday.
Jeong, who started as a central midfielder, scored his second goal in the 13th minute of the first half after his team took a 1-0 lead. Jung wasted no time in finishing with his left foot after Uhm Ji Sung broke inside the left box and crossed to him in front of the goal. Second goal of the season.
Jung Ho-yeon, who grew up in the Gwangju youth team, has been playing for the club since 2022 after graduating from Dankook University. After scoring one goal (and four assists) in 36 games last season, he has already scored two goals this season, showing clear improvement.
In a post-match broadcast interview, Jung thanked the fans, saying, “Thank you for always coming to the stadium and giving us strength, no matter how bad or good we are doing.” But he really wanted to say something else.
But she had something she wanted to say. After asking for permission to speak to the club, he said, “The sports field is very poor. There is a risk of injury because we train without water and the ground is dry,” he said. “If you can help us, I hope Gwangju will become a team that can develop further and face a higher level.”
Gwangju won the K-League 2 title last season and earned promotion to the K-League 1 this season. This comes just one season after being relegated from the K League 1 in 2021.
Gwangju has been struggling to build a proper training facility due to the lack of subsidies from the city government. The team is also struggling to attract sponsorships, so they are living on a shoestring.
The club’s owner, Gwangju Mayor Kang Ki-jeong, promised to support the club after winning the K League 2 title. However, there seems to be little support. According to Chung, the K1 team is not able to train properly.
The club has been criticized for its poor training facilities on several occasions. However, the situation hasn’t improved. The team uses three training fields, one each of natural and artificial turf at the Gwangju World Cup Stadium and the Gwangju Football Center, but they are not able to use them properly.
The Gwangju Football Stadium is only used for matches due to the maintenance of the turf, and the Gwangju Football Center, which opened in March 2020 on the site of the former Yeomju Yanggungjang, is reportedly difficult to use when it rains due to drainage problems.
Even when it stops raining in the middle of summer, the waterlogged grass suffers from necrosis. The artificial turf field, which is used by both the professional and youth teams, is also in poor condition.
As a result, the team is forced to train indoors when it rains. It’s impossible to train indoors, even for the starters, let alone the prospects. “It’s hard to develop players because we don’t have a sports field,” said Gwangju head coach Lee Jung-hyo at a recent press conference.
Gwangju has already won its third promotion. The players managed to get results despite the poor conditions. With the win, Gwangju moved up to fourth place in the standings. Even the merchandise for the team’s head coach, Lee Jung-hyo, who has a strong personality, has gained traction. The crowd is following suit, with the highest sales in the club’s history.
As the top club in the Korean professional soccer league, the players should be able to focus on the game through training. However, it’s frustrating that the players have publicly complained about the training facilities, and it’s hard to imagine the extent of the poor training facilities. 스포츠토토