With the 2023 Hana One-Q FA CUP semifinals and final schedule postponed to November, Incheon United manager Cho Sung-hwan, who is advancing to the semifinals, is determined to do his best according to the given situation.
Earlier on the 17th, the Korea Football Association announced the schedule for the FA Cup) semifinals and finals. The two FA Cup semifinals (Jeonbuk Hyundai-Incheon United, Jeju United-Pohang Steelers) were scheduled to be held on August 9, but both matches were postponed due to issues related to the hosting of K-POP concerts at the World Scout Jamboree event and the influence of Typhoon “Kanun.”
After discussing the schedule with the four teams that advanced to the semifinals, the Korea Football Association decided to hold two semi-finals on Wednesday, November 1, the day of the first round of the finals originally scheduled. The venue will be held at the home stadiums of Jeonbuk and Jeju as originally planned. 토토사이트
The final, which was originally scheduled to be held in the first round on November 1 and the second round on November 4 in a home-and-away manner, was changed to a single match on November 4. In particular, as the final was suddenly held in a single round, criticism was poured out that the Korea Football Association threw its authority on its own.
The sudden change in the method of the final game has raised the possibility that the two teams that reached the final will play neutral games. If the final had been held home-and-away in the original way, one game could have been played in front of the home crowd, but it was regrettable in many ways.
However, Incheon coach Cho Sung-hwan, who is set to play in the semifinals against Jeonbuk Hyundai, showed a firm response.
In a preliminary interview ahead of the K League 1 2023 27th round home game against Gwangju FC on the 18th, head coach Cho said, “Considering the specificity of the FA Cup, not the league, I don’t think there are many home advantages. It doesn’t matter if it is held on the road because many Incheon fans will visit. “If we go to the finals, we are motivated enough,” he said. “We can’t set a schedule.” The association will also have its own difficulties. “Everyone may be disappointed, but I think it is right to deal with it well to suit the given situation,” he stressed.