1/19/2019 6:01:56 PM (GMT+3)

Ki says South Korea can end title drought this time

Ki says South Korea can end title drought this time

AL AIN, UAE: South Korea won the AFC Asian Cup title six decades ago, but Ki Sung-Yueng exuded confidence that they can end their drought this time.

The Koreans won the titles in 1956 and 1960 in the first two editions. However, they have failed to add a third title in the last 15 editions.

“We’ve been doing well in qualifying for the World Cup, but haven’t won the Asian title in nearly 60 years. That’s way too long for us to not do anything in Asia,” Ki told the-AFC.com. “So we want to get something from this tournament.

South Korea will meet Bahrain in the Round of 16, and Ki believed Paulo Bento and his team have the tools to finally bring that run of disappointment to an end.

“Everyone agrees that we have enough quality to do something at this tournament, but it’s not easy. Even though we’re playing against Asian teams it’s difficult because it’s a different type of game,” said the Newcastle United midfielder.

Ki played in his team’s opening win over the Philippines but was withdrawn with a hamstring injury. However, he is expected to be fit to for Bahrain match. (Pic credit: the-afc.com)