Lee Jung-hyup vowed to “remain Gangwon FC, which my father-in-law loved so much during his lifetime.”

“My father-in-law supported and loved Gangwon FC during his lifetime, so as long as I am a part of this team, I will never let us be relegated.”

Lee Jung-hyeop (32-Gangwon FC) spoke to reporters at the official press conference after the team’s 2-0 home win over Suwon FC in the 37th round of the Hana OneQ K League 2023 (Final B, Round 4) at Gangneung Sports Complex on Friday and said he was determined to keep Gangwon FC up this season while remembering his late father-in-law.레모나토토

Lee Jung-hyeop, who started as a frontline striker, rattled the net 19 minutes after kickoff. After penetrating near the penalty arc circle, Lee stumbled, but remained focused and launched a shot with his body. The ball left his foot and sailed past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Labor Gun (32-Suwon FC) and into the net.

Lee could have celebrated, as he hadn’t tasted a goal in 153 days since June 25 against Suwon FC, but instead of roaring after the goal, he immediately put his hands together in prayer. He was then comforted by his teammates. On the day of the match, he received a call in the early morning that his father-in-law had passed away. After being comforted by his teammates, Lee burst into tears.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match today. The preparations I made with my teammates during the two weeks of training came out well, and that’s why we were able to win,” he said, adding, “We were also able to win because many fans came out to support us despite the cold weather and showed us their enthusiastic support.”

Afterward, when asked if he was tired, Lee nodded his head and said, “Last night, my father-in-law told me that it would be hard to get over the hump. When I woke up in the morning, I received an obituary.” “My wife said, ‘My father wouldn’t want me to not compete. “She told me, ‘You can still play, you just have to be strong. After hearing her words, I was able to regain my heart and play,” he said.

“My father-in-law loved Gangwon FC a lot during his lifetime. He always watched every game I played, and he even started his day by watching sports news. He showed me a lot of affection.” “Even when I was injured and couldn’t go out, he came to the stadium alone to cheer me on. She loved Gangwon FC so much,” he said.

“I was always texting with my father-in-law, and it gave me a lot of strength without realizing it. I really respected and loved him for that,” he said, adding, “There are so many (texts), it’s hard to pick just one. I saw my father-in-law the other day and he said, ‘The best thing I ever did was to have you as my son-in-law after I had my daughter and son-in-law. Those words are still ringing in my ears,” he said, and then burst into tears.

Lee’s late father-in-law loved Gangwon FC, which gave him even more motivation to keep the team in the league this season. “Of course, a team called Gangwon FC shouldn’t be relegated,” he said. “My father-in-law supported and loved Gangwon FC during his lifetime, so as long as I am in this team, I will play the remaining games with the mindset that we will never be relegated.”

“There are so many things I want to say to my father-in-law, but if I say them again, I think I’ll cry,” Lee said, and then lost his voice for a moment, ending the press conference by saying, “If I am born in the next life, I want to be his son-in-law once again.”

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