Why is director Choi Tae-woong so satisfied with Ikbairi?

Ahmed Iqbairi (27, 200cm), an apogee spiker from Libya who played for Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance last season, succeeded in re-employment in the V-League. I left Samsung Fire & Marine, but I played the second season of the V-League at Hyundai Capital.

The Korea Volleyball Federation held the 2023 KOVO men’s foreign player tryout & draft in Turkey, Istanbul on the 8th (Korean time). While Korean Air, KEPCO, OK Financial Group, and KB Insurance decided to renew contracts with foreign players who were with them last season, only Hyundai Capital, Woori Card, and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance exercised their nomination rights.

According to the final results of the last season, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance ranked 7th with 35, 6th with 30 KB Insurance토토사이트, 5th with OK Financial Group 25, 4th with Woori Card, 3rd with 15 KEPCO, and 2nd with Hyundai Capital. After being given 10 marbles and 5 marbles for first place Korean Air, it was determined through a lottery. The order of nominations was decided in the order of OK Financial Group – Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance – KB Insurance – Korean Air – Hyundai Capital – Woori Card – KEPCO.

In fact, among the clubs that can exercise the nomination right, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance ranked highest. Accordingly, Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance nominated Yosbani Hernandez (32, 201cm), a Cuban outside hitter, who was considered the biggest player in this tryout.

The player selected by Hyundai Capital in the next order was Ikbairi. Ikbai-ri, who was nominated first in the foreign player draft last season and wore a Samsung Fire & Marine uniform, played in 36 games, ranking 3rd in scoring (875 points) and 12th in attack success rate (49.22%).

Choi Tae-woong, head coach of Hyundai Capital, said, “I can’t say that there is a big difference in skill compared to other players, but I have experience in Korea. I did,” he explained why he chose Ikbairi. He went on to suggest a customized strategy for Ike by Lee, saying, “Ike by Lee has quick feet, so I’m thinking of maximizing that advantage.”

What would it have been like if you had obtained a higher ranking nomination? It must have been a pity that Yosubani, who was chosen as the biggest player in this tryout, actually wears the Samsung Fire & Marine uniform as the number one player. However, coach Choi expressed satisfaction, saying, “To tell the truth, Yosubani is better in terms of skill.”

Hyundai Capital exercised the second pick in this draft, but the actual ranking was 5th. Last season, the order of the lottery was assigned in reverse order of the final ranking, but Hyundai Capital ranked second, so the odds were relatively low. 

With the arrival of Ikbairi, Heo Soo-bong, who was an apositive spiker, will be an outside heater next season. Director Choi said, “I don’t think there will be a problem because Heo Soo-bong was an outside hitter until high school.”

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