S. Korean football chief to visit N. Korea for meeting

SEOUL, Aug. 20 (Yonhap) — The top South Korean football official plans to visit North Korea for a regional conference, the sport’s national federation said Thursday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said its president, Chung Mong-gyu, will ask the government for permission to travel across the border for the 46th East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) Executive Committee meeting in Pyongyang on Sept. 19.

Chung is one of three vice presidents of the EAFF and also serves on its Executive Committee.

According to the EAFF, participants will spend a night in Beijing on Sept. 17 and fly to Pyongyang the following afternoon.

They will then attend functions prepared by the North Korean Football Association before departing Pyongyang on Sept. 21.

Founded in 2002, the EAFF has 10 member states: South Korea, North Korea, Japan, China, Chinese Taipei, Guam, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia and the Northern Mariana Islands.