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Coach: DPRK wants "a feel of African football" in Zambia

2009-11-20 08:43:07 GMT2009-11-20 16:43:07 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

LUSAKA, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) national soccer coach Kim Jong Hun has said the international friendly match against Zambia this Saturday would accord his team an opportunity to have a feel of African football, the Times of Zambia reported on Friday.

DPRK has qualified for the 2010 World Cup to be hosted by South Africa and is using the friendly against Zambia as part of the move to acclimatize to the African environment.

The coach said in Lusaka on Thursday that Zambian football was highly rated on the African continent, hence the decision to choose the country for the friendly match.

He said his team preferred to play Zambia because of the geographical proximity with South Africa, adding the game would help his team prepare for the World Cup.

The team arrived on Wednesday night and the coach said the game with Zambia marks the end of his country's international friendly this year.

"It is better to have friendly games with countries in Africa since the World Cup will be in Africa and we picked Zambia to play with because it is near South Africa where the World Cup will take place," Hun was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The coach however said they were no star players in his squad to play Zambia at the Nkoloma Stadium in Lusaka.

Zambia is using the game as part of its preparatory for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola.

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