New Korean coach to lead Vietnam’s U23s at Asian Cup 2022

VOV.VN - Gong Oh-kyun of the Republic of Korea is likely to coach Vietnam’s U23 side, and both parties are currently negotiating the terms of the contract, said the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF)’s National Coaching Council on February 23.

Oh-kyun, 47, is currently working as an assistant coach for Seoul E-Land FC in the K League 1. He holds an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Coaching License Level A and is also studying for AFC Pro level.

He first began his coaching career in 2015 as an assistant coach of Shenzhen FC in the Chinese Super League.

He was subsequently appointed as an assistant coach of the Republic of Korea’s U17, U20, and U23 from 2016 to 2019.

His most outstanding achievement throughout his career was to contribute to Korea’s U20s making it through to the final round of the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup when he worked as an assistant to head coach Jeong Jung-yong.

In 2020, he assisted Korean head coach Shin Tae-young of Indonesia’s national senior team, taking charge of Indonesia’s U20 squad.

Gong left Indonesia in August 2021 to work as an assistant coach for K League 1 side Seoul E-Land FC.

He was impacted by his former head coach Jung-yong’s shifting of line-up formation from 5-3-2 to 3-5-2 during the 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup. The tactics are similar to those used by Park Hang-seo of the Vietnam national team. 

Gong is expected to begin his work as an assistant coach to Park during the upcoming 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games 31) which will be held this May.

He will officially lead Vietnam’s U23s in the AFC U23 Asian Cup and the 2022 Asian Games (ASIAD).