Ki all set for Asian Cup final
30th January 2015
Ki Sung-Yueng hopes to end 55 years of hurt for South Korea on Saturday by captaining them to their first Asian Cup title since 1960.
The Swans midfielder will skipper his nation in the final against hosts Australia in Sydney having already beaten their finalists in the group stage.
South Korea, who are yet to concede a goal in this year's competition, last appeared in a final in 1988 where they lost on penalties to Qatar.
Having won the first two Asian Cups in 1956 and four years later, they have finished runners-up twice while claiming third-place three times in the last four tournaments.
Now they take on the hosts in what is set to be a closely fought final at the 84,000 capacity Stadium Australia.
And having already faced Australia in the competition, Ki feels one big factor will decide who will lift the trophy.
"I believe it will come down to mental strength," said Ki. "That will be more important than physical strength," he added, noting that the Australians would hold the advantage in terms of power.
Kick-off for the game is at 9am (GMT).