“It was something I expected,” said Seol Ki-hyeon after learning that his name was not among the 30 read out by South Korea coach Huh Jung-moo in Seoul last Friday. Seven of the thirty will never make it to South Africa and will learn their fate later this month. Seol has longer to come to terms with his absence.
If he expected it then most fans in his homeland felt the same. It is still a sad moment for the popular player. At the age of 31, Seol’s World Cup career is over but it is one that he can look back on with some pride though maybe he will wonder what might have been.