Korean Air, which has won the V-League for three consecutive years, will begin its first flight toward the top of Asia.
Korean Air will play the first match of Group A of the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championships against Canberra Heat (Australia) at Isa Sports City Stadium in Bahrain on the 14th (Korean time).
Korean Air kicks off the 2023 Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championship schedule against Australia’s Canberra Heat. [Photo = Korea Volleyball Federation (KOVO)]
A total of 16 teams, including Korean Air, will participate in this tournament, and they will be divided into 4 groups of 4 teams for the group stage. 1st and 2nd place in each group advances to the quarterfinals, with the finals held on the 21st.
Korean Air, which starts the tournament against Canberra, will play Al Ahli (Bahrain) on the 15th and Jakarta Bayangkara (Indonesia) on the 16th.
The first opponent, Canberra, was the Australian Volleyball League champion last year. Following 2011 and 2015, he won the championship in 2022. At the Asian Men’s Club Volleyball Championships, he ranked 10th in 2017 and 9th in 2018.
The Canberra head coach is coach Ben Hardy, who has Olympic experience. Canberra recruited Matthew Aubry from Sweden and Adam Bradbury from England for this tournament.
One player to watch for Canberra is veteran and captain Andre Borzo. Borzo is a franchise star who has been active in Canberra since he was in his teens and now in his mid-30s.
In a recent interview with the Australian Volleyball Association, Borzo said, “I have participated in this tournament a few times. Unlike us, who have jobs and training, the opposing teams are professional teams.” revealed
Borzo presented the goal of advancing to the quarterfinals. He explained, “It would be ecstatic to reach the quarterfinals, but it would be good to finish 9th to 12th,” he explained.
Regarding Canberra, the first opponent스포츠토토, Korean Air coach Tommy Tilikhainen showed some confidence, saying that he lacked information. He said, “There is no data. How we do it is the key point.”