15 September 2014

Yon yearns for continental glory

Bangkok: Coach Yon Kwang-mu insists DPR Korea will do everything in their power to win the AFC U-16 Championship after securing a place in the semi-finals following a dramatic penalty shootout victory in the quarter-finals against Iran on Sunday.

Chances were few and far between as the two teams played out a tense 0-0 draw at a wet Muangthong Stadium.
But after Han Kwang-song, Kim Wi-song, Kim Ye-Bom and Ri Kuk-hyon all scored for the 2010 champions, DPR Korea advanced to Wednesday's semi-final with Australia as Nima Daghestani and Reza Shekari missed for Group D winners Iran.
"I'm not sure if we will have the chance to win the tournament, but both the players and I will do everything we can to try and do so," said DPR Korea coach Yon (pictured).
"We didn't expect to have penalties; we were just thinking of winning so since we arrived here we have not been practicing. We did practice back home, but not here."
The win also secured DPR Korea qualification for the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile.
"The match was very important as it decided whether we go to the World Cup. All my country were watching and expecting us to win," added Yon.
"My players went into this game with one mind."


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