“I quietly sang the national anthem. My coworkers laughed.”
Song Ui-Young, who represented Singapore in the national soccer team, was one of the most watched players on the day. For Song, it’s a memory that will last a lifetime.
The South Korean national soccer team cruised to a 5-0 victory over Singapore in Group C, Round 1 of the 2026 FIFA World Cup North America Second Qualifying Round for Asia, scheduled for 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Seoul World Cup Stadium. South Korea scored consecutive goals from Cho Kyu-sung in the 44th minute, Hwang Hee-chan in the 4th minute, Son Heung-min in the 17th minute, Hwang Eui-jo in the 22nd minute, and Lee Kang-in in the 39th minute to overwhelm Singapore and secure the win.
Song is originally from Incheon, South Korea, but after gaining Singaporean citizenship, he has become a key player for the national team. In Song’s case, she has the strange distinction of playing for her home country, South Korea, and finding the back of the net.
She spoke to the Korean media in the Mix Zone after the game and admitted that she was happy and excited to play against her home country.
“Inwardly, I thought I would have two or three chances, but I didn’t,” she laughed, “I was impressed with the attitude of the Korean players during the match. We know the difference in skill level, so I was really impressed that these players, who are really good, have a strong sense of professionalism.”
She was also proud of her team’s defensive organization in the first half. “It’s true that our players had a strong will to defend,” Song said. “We defended well as we planned before the game, but it was unfortunate that we conceded just before the end of the first half. If we hadn’t conceded, I think the score would have been less.”
For Song, win or lose, it’s a day she’ll never forget. When asked if she sang the national anthem before the match, she laughed. “I sang the Singapore national anthem as soon as it came on. Then, when the Korean anthem came on, I quietly sang along. It wasn’t on camera, but I sang it quietly by myself, and my coworkers laughed,” she said, sharing a behind-the-scenes story.
“For me, it was the first and maybe the last Korean War, and it was also a moment I had dreamed of since I was a kid. That’s why I sang the national anthem separately,” he explained. “I played in front of my family after five years. It meant a lot to me that I was able to show my true colors while representing Singapore,” she said.
Finally, Song also expressed her desire to play in the K League one day. “Playing against such good players once made me want to play at a 토토 higher level,” she said, “I also wanted to do better in this match. If I had the opportunity to play in the K League, I would be very grateful. I really want to play,” he laughed.