Korean 2002 World Cup hero, Ahn Jung-hwan has warned group B top runners, Argentina and Nigeria to expect a fight from South Korea when hostilities begin at the South Africa 2010 world cup.


Ahn whose golden goal sent Italy packing from the 2002 Korea/Japan world soccer showpiece was named in the 30 man provisional team selected by caoch Huh Jung-moo and could be handed a role in the May 16 friendly with Ecuador.

“Our team is as strong as any other team in the World Cup.”All the players have confidence and fighting spirit. They have a dream and passion and are ready to display their combative spirit against our group opponents,” said Ahn
South Korea fans view Ahn as their  David Beckham.

He cemented his place as a national idol during South Korea’s barnstorming run to the semi_final of the 2002 World Cup and also found the net at the 2006 finals in Germany.

The 34_year_old, now playing for Chinese side Dalian Shide, was named with several European_based players including captain Park Ji_sung of Manchester United, Park Chu_young of Monaco and Bolton’s Lee Chung_yong.

The China_based forward, who played his last game for South Korea in a World Cup qualifier two years ago.
South Korea face Greece in their opening Group B match on June 12 before playing Argentina and Nigeria.


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