Footballers and coaches of year nominated

The Football Federation of the DPRK has chosen top ten football players and coaches of the year 2019.

The first place of top ten footballers went to Kim Yun Mi of the April 25 Sports Club.

She won the top scorer prize at the 2019 Cyprus Women’s Cup and contributed to the DPRK team’s victories in three international events including the Seventh Military World Games and to April 25’s triumph at the 2018-2019 DPRK Women’s Premier League.

The second placer was Kim Nam Hui at the same sports club.

She rendered great services to the national women’s football team’s three international wins including the Seventh Military World Games and April 25’s assumption of national crown during the 2018-2019 season.

The Amnokgang Sports Club’s Ri Hyang Sim took the third place.

She played her part in the DPRK’s three wins at international games and Amnokgang’s triumph in the women’s football tournament which was held in celebration of the DPRK’s founding anniversary.

The fourth and fifth places were taken by Kalmaegi’s Wi Jong Sim and April 25’s An Tae Song.

Wi was instrumental in making the DPRK women’s football team win three victories at international events, while An played an excellent role as a goalkeeper, contributing to the national team’s victories at the 2019 Hero Intercontinental Cup and other international matches and to April 25’s triumph in the 2018-2019 DPRK Men’s Premier League, and received the best goalkeeper prize of the year.

April 25’s Ri Hyong Jin was placed sixth as he was pivotal in the national team’s victory at the 2019 Hero Intercontinental Cup and helping April 25 men’s team win the second place at the 2019 AFC Cup and victory in the DPRK Premier League.

The seventh place was occupied by Jong Il Gwan from the Rimyongsu Sports Club.

Jong contributed to the national team’s victory at the 2019 Hero Intercontinental Cup to secure the MVP award of the event and acquitted himself well as a striker in many international matches of the year. He also led Rimyongsu to finish runner-up in the men’s football competition for the Mangyongdae Prize Games in celebration of the Day of the Sun.

The last three places were provided to Sung Hyang Sim of the Pyongyang Sports Club who made tangible contributions to the national women’s football team’s victory at the 30th Summer Universiad and Pyongyang’s third place at the women’s football tournament in celebration of the DPRK’s founding anniversary, and Hwaeppul’s Jang Kuk Chol and Ministry of Light Industry’s Ri Yong Ha who performed a significant role in notching up the DPRK’s victory at the 2019 Hero Intercontinental Cup as defenders.

Kim Kwang Min, football coach of the April 25 Sports Club, was honoured to take the first place among the top ten football coaches of the year.

He led the national women’s football team as head coach to victories in three international events including the Seventh Military World Games.

The second place was taken by O Yun Son, coach at the April 25 Sports Club.

As head coach of the April 25 men’s football team, he contributed to making his team take the second place at the 2019 AFC Cup and winning the 2018-2019 DPRK Premier League.

Ri Yu Il, teacher at Pyongyang International Football School, was offered the third place in the list of top ten coaches as he coached the under-22 national men’s football team to win the qualification matches for the 2020 AFC U23 championship.

The next place was seized by Ri Won Il, coach of the Amnokgang Sports Club. As head coach of the women’s football team, he led his team to the victory at the women’s football tournament in celebration of the DPRK’s founding anniversary.

The fifth placer was Han Won Chol, coach of the Kigwancha Sports Club, who made his men’s football team the runner-up at the 2018-2019 DPRK Premier League and winner at the men’s football tournament for the Mangyongdae Prize Games in celebration of the Day of the Sun.

The sixth and seventh places were offered to Kim Yong Jun, coach of the Pyongyang Sports Club, and Kim Chol Jin, coach of the Ryomyong Sports Club.

The former coached the national men’s football team to win the 2019 Hero Intercontinental Cup and the latter led the U15 national men’s football team to take the first-place qualifications for the 2020 AFC U16 championship.

The other three coaches included Sin Yong Nam of the Ryomyong men’s football team which won the Hwaeppul Cup, Ji Yun Nam of the April 25 women’s football team which claimed the title at the Mangyongdae Prize Games in celebration of the Day of the Sun and Ju Song Il of the Rimyongsu men’s football team which finished runner-up at the tournament for the qualification of the Mangyongdae Prize Games.

By Ri Sung Ik PT

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