Ri Kwang-Hyok proved himself to be dependable defender during Korea DPR title-winning campaign in February’s 2010 AFC Challenge Cup. The 22-year-old’s steady performances boosted his chances of making coach Kim Jong-Hun’s squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.
Aside from strolling through his defensive role in the final against Turkmenistan, Ri also kept his cool to covert the decisive spot kick in the sudden-death round of the penalty shootout to win the continental title for Korea DPR.
Ri made his debut on the Asian stage four years ago when he represented his country in the 2006 AFC U-19 Championship, shoring up the defence as Korea DPR won the continental title and progressed to the FIFA U-20 World Cup. In the ensuing global showpiece in Canada a year later, he played in all three games, including the 2-2 draw against eventual finalists Czech Republic.
He has since made two appearances during qualifying for the South Africa 2010, coming on as a substitute in the 5-1 home win over Mongolia before starting against Korea Republic and helping to keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw.