Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed bin Hammam has been handed the highest recognised honorary award that Korea DPR can give for his services to football. The Qatari was bestowed with the Friendship Order First Class by the northern Korean country at a recent ceremony in Pyongyang.
"I am proud of what DPR Korea football has done on the world football stage, representing Asia and I do appreciate all the efforts and commitment of the people in North Korea for the future of Asian football," said bin Hammam.
The nation's greatest footballing moment came at the 1966 FIFA World Cup™ in England, when they reached the quarter-finals before being knocked out by Portugal. It remained the best performance by an Asian team at international level until Korea Republic made the last four at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
The AFC are holding executive committee meetings in Jakarta ahead of Sunday's AFC Asian Cup 2007 final between Saudi Arabia and Iraq.