11 October 2010

North Korea’s Cha arrives to play in Switzerland

GENEVA (AP)—North Korea defender Cha Jong Hyok has arrived in Switzerland to play for second-tier club FC Wil more than three months after his signing was announced during the World Cup.

Wil says on its website that Cha joined teammates—including compatriot Kim Kuk Jin—for his first practice on Monday.

The club says the 25-year-old player’s move was delayed by structural changes at the North Korean football federation.

Cha started all three matches for North Korea in South Africa which it lost against Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast.

His switch was arranged by Swiss agent Karl Messerli who said in June that Cha’s former club Amrokgang will be paid if he is sold on.

Wil lies 14th in the 16-team Swiss second division.

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