Turkmenistan – DPRK: on the eve of the match

Turkmenistan – DPRK: on the eve of the match

On the eve of the match between the national teams of Turkmenistan and the DPRK, as part of the qualifying tournament of the World Football Cup 2022 in the AFC zone, a press conference was held in the capital’s Sport Hotel, at which the coaches and players of two teams answered journalists’ questions.

Coach of the North Korean national team, Yoon Jong-Su, said that his entire coaching staff had studied the game of the Turkmenistan national football team in the most thorough manner, although the teams have previously met five times in the football field during official matches.

– Yes, Turkmen football players will play at home, and this undoubtedly gives them considerable advantages in the field. However, our team is determined to take away three points from Ashgabat in order to continue the competition for leaving our group, the DPRK national team head coach said.

Yoon Jung-Su also noted the progressive “European” playing style of the Turkmenistan national football team, due to which the tomorrow’s match will not be easy for both teams.

The undoubted advantage for the North Korean team is the absence of injuries in key players for the team, but the DPRK football team coach found it difficult to affirmatively answer the question of whether striker Han Kwan Song, playing in the Italian Juventus, will participate in the match.

Croatian expert Ante Mishe, who trains the national football team of Turkmenistan, told the audience at the Sport hotel’s press center about the excellent mood in his team, and a very serious playing spirit before the match with North Korean players.

Unfortunately, midfielder Ruslan Mingazov and third goalkeeper Rahat Japarov, who were injured, will not be able to help the national team of Turkmenistan in tomorrow’s very important match.

– We are going to improve the statistics of meets with the DPRK in our favor, Ante Mishe said, because in the previous five matches with the North Korean players the national team of Turkmenistan has failed to win so far. The DPRK national team is a “closed” team with very good defense and, most likely, tomorrow we will have to actively use both flanks in our attacks.

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I would like to remind that the national football team of Turkmenistan plays in H group together with teams of South Korea, North Korea, Lebanon and Sri Lanka, where it holds the fourth place with three points scored after three matches played. In order to continue the competition for the World Football Cup 2022 in Qatar, our team must defeat the North Korean team.

The fifth round match will take place on November 14, 2019 at 16:00 at the Kopetdag stadium in Ashgabat.

Viktor KARDASHOV