Friday, February 19, 2010

Huh hands Ahn Korean recall

As expected, Ahn Jung-hwan has been selected for the South Korean squad to face Ivory Coast at the start of next month as Huh Jung-moo looks to add some experience to his squad.

Ahn hasn't played for the national team in almost two years and there have to be doubts over just how useful a presence he will be, now that he's hit 34 and is playing in the weakest of the three major leagues in east Asia.

However, Huh loses nothing by having a look at him and he is among the 13 overseas-based players selected for the game, which will be played in London. Others include Russia-based central midfielder Kim Nam-il, Al Hilal's Lee Young-pyo and a raft of J.League-based players.

Korea's strength in depth marks them out clearly as the best equipped of Asia's four World Cup qualifiers to succeed in South Africa later this year. The draw has also been relatively kind - certainly compared to the other three.

While Argentina should be strong enough to win the group - despite Diego Maradona's meddling! - second place is definitely up for grabs against a Nigeria side that is still looking for a new coach and a physical but technically limited Greece.

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