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.
We don't want to leave the tournament just with experience.
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.