In the 2023 Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO) foreign player draft, Woori Card, a professional volleyball men’s division, nominated Mateo Kok (27, 199cm), the only ‘new face’ among seven clubs.
Woori Card exercised its nomination right in the last order at the 2023 KOVO Men’s Foreign Player Draft held in Turkey, Istanbul on the 8th (Korean time). OK Financial Group – Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance – KB Insurance – Korean Air – Hyundai Capital – Woori Card – KEPCO decided on the order of nomination. OK Financial Group, KB Insurance, Korean Air, and Hyundai Capital have already renewed contracts with existing foreign players. had been contracted.
In fact, Samsung Fire & Marine, who had the luck of being nominated in the first place, chose Yosbani Hernandez (31, 201cm), a Cuban outside hitter, who was considered the biggest player in this tryout. Yosbani has been active at OK Financial Group in the 2018-2019 season, Hyundai Capital in the 2019-2020 season, and Korean Air in the 2020-2021 season.
Subsequently, Hyundai Capital selected Ahmed Iqbairi (27, 200cm), an apogee spiker from Libya who played for Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance last season. Ikbairi was nominated by Hyundai Capital as the first pick in the foreign player draft last season, and played in 36 games, ranking 3rd in scoring (875 points) and 12th in attack success rate (49.22%).
I was curious about the last choice of our card. However, director Shin Young-cheol was surprised by choosing Matei Kok, who was outside the rankings in the preliminary preference survey. However, it turned out that Samsung Fire & Marine Manager Kim Sang-woo also said, “If it wasn’t for Yosubani, I would have nominated Matei Kok.” It seems that the eyes of experts are all the same.토스카지노
Director Shin pondered over Yosubani and Matei Kok. However, when Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance chose Yosubani first, he said, “Yosbani is better for performance, but if you look at receiving, isn’t Matei Cock better? However, the jump height was good and the quickness was good,” he said, revealing the reason for Matei Kok’s nomination.
Matei Kok is an outside hitter, but he might be an apposite spiker on our card. Coach Shin expressed his intention to use both, saying, “To see how Mattey Cock did in the apogee, he set up blocking and made him hit a high ball.”
It was a name that surprised me too. Matei Kok, who entered the interview room unable to hide his joy, laughed, saying, “It was so good. I didn’t expect it at all.”
Matei Kok came to know about the V-League through Gasparini, a teammate from Slovenia and the national team. He said, “I heard that the system is well established and the club’s support is good. And I came to this tryout, and I was surprised that the preparation was better than I thought.”
He never came to Korea when he was 17 years old, but he didn’t know much about Korea. However, Matei Kok said, “I will work as hard as I can in Korea and try to become a leader.
Finally, when asked about his impression of the new director, he said, “He seems to be strict and wants results.” When asked if he could produce the results the director wanted, he resolutely said, “I can do it.”