Kongdoo Monster coach, who battled cancer, returns to team after second health-related absence

Lee “Zefa” Jae-min has returned to coach Kongdoo Monster after his most recent health problems.

Zefa, who played a major role in getting Kongdoo — then a Challenger team — into League Champions Korea for the spring split, is back with the team after health-related absence, writes Daily eSports’ Nam Yoon-sung.

The ex-professional player from Najin White Shield stepped down from professional play after being diagnosed with Liposarcoma, a rare form of cancer that affects soft tissue cells. Although he returned to his team, rebranded to Kongdoo Monster, as a coach last September, he had a setback days before Kongdoo’s final match in the Challenger playoffs. He missed the first day of the promotional tournament as well but was present to see his team qualify for the LCK.

Zefa left the team again, according to Daily eSports, after the promotional tournament because of undisclosed health issues, but he rejoined Kongdoo on Monday.

“I have a lot of affection for Kongdoo because I’ve been with  since my debut, almost like a home town,” he said in a statement. “I want the team to become stronger through individual improvements as well as improved teamwork.”

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