Midfielder Hong Hyun-seok (Hent), who was selected for the Hangzhou Asian Games national team (U-24) in September after joining the national team for the first time last month, led the team to victory by scoring assists in the opening game of the new season.
Hong Hyun-suk started as a second-line striker in a home game against KV Cottric in the first round of the Belgian Jubilee League in the 2023-2024 season at Gelanko Arena in Ghent, Belgium, on the 31st (Korea Standard Time)
He assisted Hugo Kuipers’ comeback goal in the 30th minute when the match was 1-1. In a corner kick situation, Kuipers shook the net with a header shot from the door.
Hong Hyun-seok, who moved from Linz to Henro last season, scored 6 goals and 6 assists in the league (37 matches) alone. 9 goals and 9 assists in the entire official game. He made a soft landing in Ghent with a remarkable performance.
Thanks to that, he joined the A national team led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann last month and played as a replacement resource in two consecutive matches against Peru and El Salvador. Recently, he was also selected as a representative for the Asian Games led by Hwang Seon-hong.
In the 26th minute of the second half of the day, Nigeria striker Gift Orbán added a wedge to beat Kortrijk 3-2, and sounded the victory in the opening round.
Hong Hyun-seok and Gent will play an away match against MSK Zilina (Slovakia) in the UEFA Europa Conference League qualifiers on the 4th. Gent won 5-1 in the home game against Žilina on the 28th.