Incheon United is waiting for Stefan Mugosa (30, Vissel Kobe).
In recent seasons, Incheon’s nickname has been ‘remaining king’. This is because they repeatedly competed for relegation throughout the season and survived dramatically at the last minute. But the losing season was different. Under the direction of coach Cho Seong-hwan, Incheon maximized their organizational power and fought for the top ranks with outstanding performance. 안전놀이터
Incheon advanced to Final A after 9 years and aimed to qualify for the 2023 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League (ACL). Incheon finished the season in 4th place and was unable to obtain a ticket on its own. However, as Jeonbuk, who finished second in the league, defeated Seoul in the FA Cup and won the championship, Incheon achieved the great goal of advancing into the ACL for the first time in its founding.
Incheon, which is taking on a ‘great challenge’, is actively reinforcing players. Paul Jose Mpoku, who became a hot topic from Tottenham Youth, was recruited, and Gerso, who performed outstandingly in Jeju last season, was also embraced. Shin Jin-ho, who did not stop here and won the K-League Best MF last season, also wore an Incheon uniform. Incheon even signed a new contract with Lee Myung-joo to strengthen the squad.
The last puzzle Incheon is aiming for is Mugosa. Mugosa has been at the forefront of Incheon since 2018. Mugosa has grown into a leading foreign striker in the K-League with his goal-making skills and sincere movements. He scored in double digits in all but the 2021 season, when he had difficulty adjusting his condition due to Corona 19.
His last season was in peak form. Mugosa scored 14 goals in 18 matches and ran as the scorer. He even scored goals in six consecutive games from Sangmu Kimcheon in the 5th round to Suwon FC in the 10th round. Kobe, who wanted to strengthen the front line, paid attention to Mugosa and pushed for a recruitment in the summer transfer market. Incheon tried to catch Wugosa with the best treatment in the league, but Wugosa wanted a challenge and said goodbye in tears.
However, Mugosa only played 5 games after transferring to Gobae and did not score. It is known that Incheon is promoting the re-recruitment of Mugosa for ACL, and CEO Jeon Jeon-soo himself stepped forward. Mugosa is also positive about returning to Incheon.
The key is Kobe. Kobe invested 1 million dollars (approximately 1.22 billion won) in the recruitment of Mugosa. Realistically, it is impossible for Incheon to pay the transfer fee and bring Mugosa.
In response, an Incheon official said on ‘My Daily’ on the 3rd, “Currently, the situation is congested. I did everything I could to recruit Mugosa. Now we are waiting for Kobe’s choice.” He added, “If the recruitment of Mugosa is not successful, we will play the season as the current offensive team.”
If Mugosa returns, Incheon will build the strongest offensive line in the K League 1, leading to Jeruso-Mugosa-Hernandez. Shin Jin-ho and Lee Myung-joo support them. Of course, the ‘key’ is held by Kobe.