Nam eyes a winning start

Korea Republic midfielder Nam Tae-hee says his side just want to get off to a winning start in the AFC Asian Cup.

The tournament kicks off in Australia on 9 January and Korea play their first match against Oman in Group A the following day.

Nam, who plays in Qatar with Lekhwiya, knows that with a group that includes hosts Australia and Kuwait South Korea can't take their status as favourites for granted.

He said: "There are no easy opponents at the Asian Cup.

"I know the Australia team is probably the toughest opponent in the group stage, but for now we'll just focus on the first game (against Oman).

"It's my second time playing against Oman after playing them in the Olympic Games, and there's a lot of fast players in the Oman team."

South Korea won their warm-up match against Saudi Arabia 2-0 and Nam, who came on as a replacement in the second half, revealed he was just following coach Uli Stielike's order's during his spell.

The 23-year-old said: "The coach asked me to have more possession, which I did. I was doing the image training while I was waiting to go in the first half and did what I was told in the 2nd half."

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