“I love volleyball more than money”… ‘Kok’ in our hearts


They said ‘Old Hall is Myeong-Gwan’. A large number of foreign players, including Yosbani Hernandez (left, 32), a Cuban striker who has dominated three professional volleyball V-League men’s clubs, are returning to the domestic court. The ‘new face’ of the men’s coat is only one Matei Kok (right, 27, Slovenia).

Yosbani was nominated by Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance in the 2023 Korean Volleyball Federation (KOVO) men’s foreign player draft스포츠토토, which ended in Turkey, Istanbul on the 8th (local time).

Yosbani, who made his first connection with the V-League by joining OK Financial Group in the 2018-19 season, experienced the V-League for three seasons, playing for Hyundai Capital after a season and Korean Air in the 2020-21 season. After that, he toured the Spanish, Chinese, and Italian leagues before returning to the V-League through Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance, the fourth team in Korea, after three years.

After Hyundai Capital nominated Ahmed Ikbairi (registered name Ikbairi), who played for Samsung Fire & Marine Insurance last season, Woori Card chose a young Slovenian outside heater cock in his 20s.

Before the draft began, four players—Lincoln Williams (Lincoln), Tais Duhrhost (Thais), Leonardo Leiva Martinez, and Andres Villena (Villena)—were on the team last season, Korean Air, KEPCO, OK Financial Group, and KB Loss. As the insurance contract was confirmed, Kok became the only V-League foreign ‘newbie’.

After being nominated for Woori Card, he said, “I didn’t expect it at all,” and said, “It was so nice to hear my name being called in such a big hall.” Kok continued, “I heard a lot about the V-League from my friend Gasparini. He added that the system is well established and the club’s support is good.”

Kok, who revealed that he came to Korea for a week as a volleyball team when he was 17 years old, said, “I will try to become a leader. He promised to help the team by playing as many games as possible.” When asked if he was satisfied with his annual salary ($400,000), he said, “I am satisfied. If you play volleyball for money, you won’t last long. He replied, “I will play in the V-League out of love for volleyball rather than money.”

Shin Young-chul, manager of Woori Card, said, “I made the choice after seeing the basic skills, ability for volleyball, and movement.” In terms of performance, Yosubani is better, but in terms of receiving, I judged Matei Kok to be better. In addition to his jumps and quickness, he also had to think about defense.”

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