‘태극기•코리아’ 새겨 넣고 평양으로…”이기고 돌아오겠다”
Disappointing information for football followers in Korea.
Tuesday night’s highly-anticipated World Cup qualifier between South and North Korea is unlikely to be televised dwell.
However, the sport is on… and the South Korean squad is on their method… for the primary inter-Korean sport to happen in Pyeongyang in practically 30 years.
Lee Seung-jae reviews.
The South Korean nationwide football team,… who left for Beijing on Sunday,… en route to Pyeongyang,… have been greeted by football followers prior to their departure from Incheon International Airport.
Korea Football Association officers, together with KFA President Chung Mong-kyu, have been additionally seen carrying the identical jacket because the squad.
On the chest: South Korea’s nationwide flag, the Taegeukgi,… on the again and in English “Korea Republic.”
According to the KFA,… the outfit was designed particularly for the match in Pyeongyang,… to emphasize the nation.
But for the gamers,… profitable the match is the one factor on their thoughts.
“It will be difficult. Artificial turf isn’t easy. But we will cope… and come back with a victory.”
The match in Pyeongyang can be a novel expertise for the gamers.
There can be no South Korean cheering squad,… the groups will play on astroturf, and the South Korean gamers have to comply with laws associated to the UN’s sanctions on the regime.
They prohibit athletes from bringing cell phones or pill PCs into North Korea.
While swapping jerseys on the finish of the match is custom within the sport,… since South Korea’s equipment is made by an American sporting model,… this, too, can be forbidden.
But a few of the gamers welcome the restrictions.
“We can’t even have books. I think it’s good. Players will have more time to talk, and we see it as a positive.”.
Despite the match being the primary of its sort in 29 years,… football followers will be unable to watch the match dwell.
North Korea hasn’t answered South Korea’s calls to enable civilian spectators,… journalists and broadcasting crew into the North Korean capital for the match.
Barring a dramatic final minute growth,… the South Korean nationwide team will probably compete in a hostile setting with tens of hundreds of North Korean supporters within the stands,… however no South Korean followers.
With no dwell broadcast,… followers in South Korea may have to comply with the match through on-line commentary on the FIFA or Asian Football Confederation web sites.
Lee Seung-jae, Arirang news.
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