The player made his promise Thursday in the Kuip, during a visit by members of the Korea press for an informal meeting with the two Rotterdam-based Koreans Chong-Gug Song and Nam-Il Kim. The journalists were also treated to a presentation about Feyenoord and its illustrious history, and a conference with technical director Rob Baan and Excelsior manager Simon Kelder.
Most attention went to the newest arrival in Rotterdam Nam-Il Kim. The Korean explained that he’d put in a lot of overtime on the training field since jetting in from Southeast Asia Monday to ensure he’s available for selection by Excelsior coach Adrie Koster at the earlier possible date. Nam-Il Kim is in no mood to sit back and relax, and is looking to earn a contract at Feyenoord in the next few months.
‘I’m working hard,’ admitted the midfielder, ‘because I hope to be fit for the game in the Kuip. My contract at Excelsior is only for a few months, so I don’t have a lot of time to prove myself. It has to happen immediately.’
Technical director Rob Baan was quick to point out that the terms of the Korean’s contract oblige him to let Feyenoord win on 8 March, but the player was unrepentant. ‘I am preparing something big,’ he replied and bearing in mind Nam-Il Kim’s reputation in his homeland as a go-getter, Feyenoord will have to be on its guard when the sides meet up in Rotterdam-South.