North Korea turns to one of its own as football coach

Kim Yong Jun, a 35-year-old retired midfielder, will take the side to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

As a player Kim Yong Jun played a key role in North Korea's qualification for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. (Representational Image)   -  Getty Images

North Korea has named one of its former player as coach of the national football team, after the departure of his Norwegian predecessor.

Kim Yong Jun, a 35-year-old retired midfielder, will take the side to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, the North’s official KCNA news agency said.

His appointment came after Norwegian ex-striker Jorn Andersen did not extend his two-year contract with the isolated country, which is under multiple sanctions over its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programmes.

As a player Kim helped the North qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup before becoming coach to a Pyongyang team. North Korea is currently ranked 109th in the world.

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