Choe Kum-Chol, 23, proved to be one of Korea DPR's biggest revelations during qualifying for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, contributing two goals to aid his side’s cause.
The Rimyongsu striker made eight appearances during the preliminary stages, all but two of which came as a substitute. His two starts might have come about a result of the absence of star striker Jong Tae-Se, but he made the most of these rare opportunities by showcasing his impressive predatory talents.
The very first time he appeared in Kim Jong-Hun’s starting 11 against a resilient Turkmenistan side, he repaid the coach’s faith with his first international goal. With the Central Asians defending gallantly and the score blank, Choe rose to the occasion by scoring the only goal with just 18 minutes remaining.
His second goal came in Korea DPR’s first meeting with UAE in Asia’s final qualifying round, when he was again granted a starting place. As with before, his contribution proved to be crucial, with Choe opening the scoring in the second half of a 2-1 win.
Choe also featured as a substitute in six other qualifiers, and while he was not able to add to his tally from those two starts, he has proved beyond doubt that he is a player well capable of chipping in with vital goals.