ADVERTISEMENT

South Korean footballer Ki Sung-yueng announces retirement

South Korean footballer Ki Sung-yueng announces retirement

Published
Hot News
1 min read
Ki Sung-yueng. (Yonhap/IANS)
Tokyo, Jan 30 (IANS) Midfielder Ki Sung-yueng on Wednesday announced his retirement from the South Korean national team.
In a letter to the Korea Football Association, Ki said it had been a "big honour and responsibility" playing with the national team for the past 11 years. The 30-year-old also thanked his fans for their love and support, reports Efe news.
The midfielder had hinted at retirement after the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia but decided to compete in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, currently being held in the United Arab Emirates, at the insistence of the new national team coach Paulo Bento.
Ki only played in the opening match against the Philippines on January 7 before a hamstring injury ruled him out of the rest of the tournament.
"The national team is having a difficult time after we failed to meet fans' expectations at the Asian Cup, but I believe our players will overcome the difficulties under Bento's guidance," Ki wrote in the letter.
"Now, I will be one of the football fans who support the national team and will wish the best for South Korean football," he added.
Despite retiring from international soccer, Ki said he would continue working hard to give his best with English Premier League club Newcastle United, who he signed for in June.
--IANS
kk/bg

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!
ADVERTISEMENT