Returning to the international stage with a 2-0 win over Chinese Taipei…”Keeping our potential and ability at home”

By Hanam Jik Reporter = North Korea’s national soccer team coach Kim Yong-nam was not overjoyed after leading his team to a 2-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in their return to international competition.

After North Korea’s 2-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in the first match of the men’s soccer qualifying group F for the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Zhejiang Normal University East Stadium in Jinhua, Zhejiang province, China, on Monday, the coach said in a low, gravelly voice, “We prove by results. The future results will prove (our ability).”

“On the pitch, the winner is the winner,” he said calmly, adding, “If we get the chance (to play South Korea), we will definitely win.”

North Korea was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for unilaterally boycotting the 2021 Tokyo Olympics over the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the ban was lifted on Dec. 31 last year.

North Korea has been slowly making its way back into international competition this year, sending nearly 200 athletes to the Hangzhou Asian Games.

According to MyInfo, the official information site of the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee, North Korea has registered a total of 191 athletes, including 112 women and 79 men, in 18 sports.

This is the first time in five years that North Korea has sent a team to an international multisport event, including the Olympics and Asian Games, since the 2018 Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.

North Korea’s national soccer team made its international debut in January 2020, about three years and eight months after the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 Championship.

It was against Chinese Taipei, ranked 153rd in the FIFA rankings, so it’s still too early to tell, but the DPRK (115th) dominated their opponents throughout the match.

“We haven’t played internationally for about four years (actually three years and eight months), but we have maintained the potential and ability of our team by training well domestically and playing against (domestic) teams,” said North Korean coach Kim Yong Nam.

He also praised Lee Joguk and Kim Kook-jin, who scored on the day, saying, “They did what the team wanted them to do.”

Shin did not reveal specific goals for the tournament.

However, he was confident.

“I’m happy that my players played well in the first game. We were able to win because the players were united and moved according to the coach’s intentions,” he said. “We can’t define our strengths because the tournament is still ongoing. The results speak for themselves.”

North Korea will face Kyrgyzstan on Nov. 21 and Indonesia on Nov. 24.

“We trained a lot for this tournament,” Shin said. We will do our best to win the next matches,” Shin vowed.

Four female North Korean cheerleaders cheered loudly throughout the game.

“The support of the workers (cheerleaders) gave us a lot of strength, and the players were able to show their strength on the field,” said Shin.소닉카지노

Unlike Shin’s calm press conference, the North Korean players walked past the joint press area without being interviewed.

Only one player said, “It was good,” when asked by South Korean reporters how the victory felt. A North Korean team official responded to the congratulations with a brief “thank you.”

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