“Mugosa that everyone knows about? Not yet”… ‘Finisher of the Dead Sword’ is still hungry!
‘Pageum’s Finisher’ Mugosa (31, Incheon United) does not set limits for himself.
Incheon defeated Kaya Iloilo (Philippines)캡틴토토 4-0 in the second leg home game of Group G of the 2023-2024 season Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL) group stage held at Incheon Soccer Stadium on the 3rd. Incheon, which won two games in a row, maintained first place in Group G (6 points).
The key for Incheon in this game was the first goal. Kaya, who is considered the weakest player in Group G, came up with a first-player-after-counterattack strategy against Incheon, who were one step ahead. If Incheon did not score first quickly, the game could have been disrupted.
However, Mugosa’s first goal allowed Incheon to easily end the game. In the 6th minute of the first half, Mugosa received a cross from Min Kyung-hyun and finished with a header. Then, in the 19th minute of the first half, he earned a penalty kick by deceiving the opposing defender, and completed his multiple goals by scoring the ball himself. Incheon, who grabbed the win early, achieved a landslide victory with additional goals from Hernández in the 36th minute of the first half and Mpoku in the 29th minute of the second half.
Mugosa continued his scoring power. He left Vissel Kobe (Japan) in July and returned to his former team, Incheon, and is playing an active role as Incheon’s core, scoring 3 goals in 8 K-League 1 games this season. Thanks to Mugosa taking center stage at the forefront, the scoring power of other strikers such as Gerso and Hernández also increased.
But Mugosa is still hungry. At a press conference on his return to Incheon in July, he declared his resolve to “come back to the level that everyone knows” and is not satisfied with his performance. After finishing the Kaya match, he said, “I have not yet reached the Mugosa appearance that everyone knows. “He is constantly working to improve his condition,” he said.
Now, Mugosa looks at the Ulsan Hyundai match on the 8th. This is the last game of the regular round where the direction of Final A (1st to 6th) and B (7th to 12th) will be decided. This is even more urgent because Incheon is currently located in 6th place, which is the Maginot Line of Final A. Mugosa said, “People around us say that we can advance to Final A with just a draw, but we want to be more ambitious. In fact, I will play thinking that it is the last game of the season,” he emphasized. Together with Mugosa, who is not satisfied with the present, Incheon is taking flight.