Oh Se-hun and Cho Gue-sung, strikers on South Korea's Olympic football squad, receive relentless pressure from opposition defenders. Then there's the pressure they place on themselves to score goals for the team.
"As a striker I am supposed to score goals, no matter what happens on the field," Oh said in an online interview Thursday from Jeju Island, where the Olympic squad has been training for a pair of friendly matches against Ghana.
"I'll try to give our fans something to cheer about," he added.
The first of two matches will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, followed by another at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Both will take place at the Jeju World Cup Stadium.
Striker Oh Se-hun scored twice during South Korea's run to the final at the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In 13 matches at the U-23 level, Oh already has five goals. Two of those came at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-23 Championship, which doubled as the continental Olympic qualifying tournament. South Korea won the tournament to book a ticket to Tokyo.
"He helps us with finer points of offense," Cho, 23, said.
"And obviously, it's up to me to go out there and score goals. I'd love to score against Ghana," he added.