As Hyundai Capital chose Ikbairi (27, Libya), the roles of Heo Soo-bong (25) and Kim Myung-gwan (25) became important.
Hyundai Capital selected Iqbairi at the 2023 KOVO men’s foreign player tryout held in Turkey on the 8th (Korean time).
Hyundai Capital, which placed second last season, was assigned 10 marbles, and a foreign player was selected as the 5th. Previous OK Financial Group, KB Insurance, and Korean Air all signed renewal contracts with existing players, and Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance selected Yosbani Hernandez, and Ikbairi will wear the Hyundai Capital uniform.
Ikbairi played an active part in Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in the first place last season. Ikbairi played 36 games and 140 sets, scoring a total of 875 points, including 759 points, 49 blocking points, and 67 serve points. Serve ace in second place in scoring was fourth with 0.48 for set tangs.
Hyundai Capital coach Choi Tae-woong highly praised Ikbairi’s V-League experience. Coach Choi said, “He is a player I have seen before메이저놀이터. He rated it better than the players he saw at tryouts. It is fortunate that the marbles came forward and were able to choose Ikbairi.”
Among the tryouts, the only new face is Matei Kok of Woori Card. Yosubani experienced the V-League while playing for OK Financial Group, Hyundai Capital, and Korean Air in the past. As Jose Masso of Cuba, who was influential in the first place, did not participate, the coaches’ concerns deepened, and in the end, those with experience in the V-League were highly evaluated.
Hyundai Capital needs Heo Soo-bong to play as an outside heater (OH) as Ikbaira, an optimist spiker (OP), joins next season. Coach Choi said, “Since Heo Soo-bong played OH until high school, there won’t be any major problems. He can also be a middle blocker at times, so he can use multiple tactics.”
Hyundai Packital has the highest level of OH last season, Oreol Cameho and Jeon Kwang-in. Naturally, Heo Soo-bong was able to focus only on the attack as an OP. However, starting this season, he took on the heavy duty of receiving.
At the same time, the role of setter Kim Myeong-gwan became important. Director Choi said, “Samsung Fire and Marine Insurance have different styles. Therefore, I am thinking of making a change for Ikbairi, and I will maximize my quick feet. Myung-gwan’s toss as an apositive is stable. In order to play more aggressive volleyball, Myeong-gwan should show a better figure,” he said, looking forward to Kim Myung-gwan’s performance.
Coincidentally, Kim Myeong-gwan and Heo Soo-bong were named on the national team roster for the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Cup, which will be held in Taiwan from July 8 to 15. It is Hyundai Capital that has changed with the addition of a new foreign player.