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North Korea's national team is in Korat for training right now, according to this news report. They are due to play their 2019 Asian Cup qualifying matches against Malaysia, in Buriram, on 10 and 13 November.


N. Koreans not interested in politics, only points against Malaysia in AFC qualifier

BANGKOK, Nov 5 — The North Koreans arrived here late last night for the AFC Asian Qualifier against Malaysia in Buriram, on November 10 and 13, eager to leave politics out of the sport and concentrate on collecting maximum points from the two encounters.

Though disappointed with the decision to play their home match in Thailand rather than in Pyongyang, their Norwegian manager Jorn Andersen said his players were pumped up for the match and would not allow politics to stand in their way and target of achieving good results.

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The Malaysia-North Korea match was postponed for nine months since late March, as it fell victim to the souring diplomatic relations between the two countries as a result of February’s killing of Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the KL International Airport (KLIA 2).

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"Our target is to grab the maximum six points from the two matches," according to him, as he and other North Korean team officials swiftly whisked the players to their bus, destined for Nakhon Ratchasima which will be their base for several days.

The North Korean team will train in Nakhon Ratchasima, about two hours from Buriram to acclimatise the hot and humid weather in Thailand when preparing for the matches.

According to Andersen, the training session in Nakhon Ratchasima would be vital as it would help the players to adopt to Thailand’s climate compared with the current cold weather in North Korea.

"We came from North Korea to be based in (Nakhon Ratchasima) to prepare as well as we can, because in our country (the weather) is very cold right now. So we have five days to prepare for the matches," he said.

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North Korea's national team is in Korat for training right now, according to this news report. They are due to play their 2019 Asian Cup qualifying matches against Malaysia, in Buriram, on 10 and 13 November.

For the records, North Korea won both matches. Malaysia is out.
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