Tokyo, Japan, November 6, 2010 – Peru take on Korea in Pool E on Sunday seeking their first win in the second round of the 2010 FIVB Women's World Championship, and for coach Cheol-Yong Kim, the fixture holds extra significance as the first time he has faced his home country since taking the reins of the South American side.
Peru's fans have been some of the loudest in Japan and they will be hoping for victory over Korea on Sunday
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As the former coach of Korea, whom he led for ten years, he will be familiar with their strengths and weaknesses and will be desperate for the win. Peru are unlikely to clinch a semifinal spot following their loss to Russia on Saturday, but the scalp of his home country could make partial amends.
"Now I'm the coach of Peru and I'll seek a win for the Peruvians," he said. "It's the first time I will face the Korean team in an official competition. It is a special situation. Across the field will be nine players who worked with me a long time and are now headed by Park San-Ryong, who was my assistant in the Korean team. However, now I'm the coach of Peru and am looking for a win to help my team to progress in the competition.
"We faced Korea 15 days ago on our last tour," he added. "We put up a good fight. I hope our defence works and if things turn out as we hope, it will be a very interesting game. In Peru, where there is a lot of passion for Volleyball, everyone is waiting for the team to win and everyone here will work hard to achieve it."