Korea DPR forward Jong Tae-Se says his country are not appearing in only their second FIFA World Cup™ finals in 44 years just to make up the numbers. Kim Jong Hun's side face a seemingly uphill task of reaching the second round after being drawn in Group G alongside Brazil, Côte d'Ivoire and Portugal, and have a daunting opener against the five-time winners from South America on 15 June in Johannesburg.
"We don't want to leave the tournament just with experience; we want to obtain all we can get in terms of goals and points when we go home," Jong told Press Association Sport.
The Chollima reached the quarter-finals in their only other FIFA World Cup finals appearance, in England in 1966, when they famously beating Italy before losing to a Eusebio-inspired Portugal in the last eight. "I am very much looking forward to the competition," added 26-year-old Japan-based striker Jong.
Kawasaki Frontale frontman Jong scored twice as Korea DPR came from behind to share a 2-2 draw with fellow FIFA World Cup finalists Greece last week. Along with captain and Russia-based striker Hong Yong-Jo, Jong will provide a key attacking weapon in what is otherwise a defensively-minded side.