Bangkok (www.the-afc.com): DPR Korea started their AFC U-23 Championship 2016 qualifying campaign with a 4-0 win over the Philippines at the Rajamangala Stadium in Thailand on Friday.
Ra Pong-gi’s side led the match 2-0 at the break before two substitutes added two more goals after the interval in the Group G game.
Ri Hyong-jin opened the scoring on 17 minutes before So Kyong-jin doubled the lead with a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time.
Jang Ok-chol, who came off the bench to replace Ho Myong-chol on 57 minutes, made it 3-0 five minutes later.
Pak Hyon-il, substitute for Mun Hyok on 14 minutes, scored the North Koreans’ fourth and final goal on 80 minutes.
DPR Korea will next play Cambodia while the Jim Fraser-led Philippines will take on hosts Thailand on Sunday.
Ten group winners and five best second-placed teams from all groups will join hosts Qatar at the AFC U-23 Championship 2016, with January’s 16-team competition also serving as Asia’s qualifying tournament for the Olympic Games in Rio.
1 GK AN TAE SONG
2 DF JONG KWANG SOK
5 DF JANG KUK CHOL (C)
6 MF RI IL JIN
7 FW JO KWANG (31′, 15 FW HO MYONG CHOL, 57′ 11 FW JANG OK CHOL)
9 MF MUN HYOK (14′ 19 FW PAK HYON IL)
10 MF KIM JU SONG
12 MF RI HYONG JIN
14 MF YUN IL GWANG
20 MF SO KYONG JIN
22 MF PAK MYONG SONG
Reti: 17′ RI HYONG JIN, 45+1′ SO KYONG JIN (Rig), 62′ JANG OK CHOL, 80′ PAK HYON IL)
1 AN TAE-SONG
18 KIM KWANG-CHOL
21 HAN SONG-HWAN
2 JONG KWANG-SOK
3 HONG JIN-SONG
4 JON WI
5 JANG KUK-CHOL
16 RYU KWANG-HO
17 HYON JONG-HYOK
6 RI IL-JIN
8 JU JONG-CHOL
9 MUN HYOK
10 KIM JU-SONG
12 RI HYONG-JIN
13 JO NAM-IL
14 YUN IL-GWANG
20 SO KYONG-JIN
22 PAK MYONG-SONG
7 JO KWANG
11 JANG OK-CHOL
15 HO MYONG-CHOL
19 PAK HYON-IL
23 KANG YONG-JIN
Team Manager : KIM CHUNG-JIN
Head Coach : RA PONG-GI
La nazionale under23 ha pareggiato 1-1 con i pari età della Malesia in una gara amichevole giocata al Thai – Japanese Stadium di Bangkok.
La rete coreana è stata messa a segno al 35′ da Jong Il-Gwan su calcio di rigore. Pareggio malese al 79′.
In precedenza, il 20 marzo, la Corea aveva pareggiato 1-1 anche contro il Port FC, squadra che milita nella Thai Premier League.
Sarà Ra Pong-Gi l’allenatore dell’under23 che il 27 inizierà il cammino verso l’Afc under23 che varrà anche come qualificazione alle prossime olimpiadi.
Ra Pong-Gi è già stato protagonista sulla.panchina della nazionale nei primi anni del nuovo secolo, oltre che assistente nell’Afc Challenge Cup del 2012.
A differenza di quanto comunicato in precedenza, l’11 e il 13 marzo la nazionale olimpica under23 giocherà entrambe le gare cotnro l’Arabia Saudita.
La gara contro gli Emirati Arabi, giocata ieri, è terminata sul 2-0 per gli arabi.
Dubai – The UAE Olympic national team edged North Korea 2-0 in a friendly at the Kalba Stadium on Wednesday. The match is part of the Whites’ buildup for the upcoming AFC U-23 Cup qualifiers scheduled to be held at the same venue from March 27 to 31.
Mohammed Hussain struck for the home team in the 89th minute and Sultan Saif doubled the score-line in the injury time.
The UAE assistant coach Noruddin Al Abidi said he’s quite satisfied with the good start pointing out that it was a real test against a team of good repute as winners of the silver medal of the recent Asian Games.
“We opted to try all the players who were called for the gathering to assess their true respective forms and to what extent they have absorbed the directives and guidance of their new head coach Dr. Abdulla Misfer.
“It’s great news that the outcome was promising and the result is acceptable for us. But, most importantly, the strong fight spirit stood revealed. The players have definitely benefited from the five-day short training camp and we are confident that they are capable of doing better in the near future and show the best of them,” he added.
“We have enough time to increase the tempo and hopefully we will be able to implement all our way of thinking to fine-tune the squad for the tough mission ahead. There’s too much work to be done and more to come from the boys,” he said.
Elsewhere, the race was attended by Salem Obaid Al Shamsi, vice-president of the UAEFA alongside the board members Mohammed Abdul Aziz, Rashid Al Zaabi, Saeed Al Tenaiji and Ghanim Ahmed Ghanim as well as Ali Hamad, acting general manager of the UAEFA, Obaid Mubarak, technical manager of the FA and Abdul Qader Hassan, director of the national teams’ department. Al Shamsi and the FA officials met with the players after the match and congratulated them for the brilliant start and good result.
Meanwhile, the UAE senior football national team head coiach Mahdi Ali watched the match from the grandstand to assess the performance of the players should there stood any need for their service with the senior squad.