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North Korean World Cup coach fears for life

Pyongyang August 01, 2010-Failed North Korean World Cup coach Kim Jong-hun might well be envious of Dunga and Maradona, the two South American coaches sacked for their teams’ “poor” performance in the recent FIFA World Cup.

Kim, the North Korean coach, has not just been sacked, he has suffered public humiliation and been made to work unpaid as a construction worker. News leaks from Pyongyang further say that Kim fears he might soon be executed.

According to unconfirmed reports, the entire North Korean squad, which lost all three of its World Cup games in South Africa, has been subjected to a humiliating dressing-down in public.

The hapless players spent six hours being lectured in public, on their failure and ‘betrayal’ of Kim Jong-un, son and heir of the great leader Kim Jong-il.

They were subjected to a session of harsh ideological criticism, a Chinese businessman told the South Korean media.

Under coercion, every player blamed the defeat on the coach who has reportedly been expelled from the governing Workers Party.

North Korea’s success in qualifying for the Cup had prompted the Party to organize countrywide celebratory lectures in recognition of Kim Jong-un’s accomplishment.

Ever since the team crashed out, experts on the hermit state have speculated that the players would surely be punished.

This year’s World Cup was the first North Korea has competed in since 1966. The team lost 2-1 to Brazil, 3-0 to Ivory Coast and 7-0 to Portugal and went out at the group stage. The Portugal defeat was especially humiliating as it was shown live on state television, the first time a foreign football match has ever been broadcast live in North Korea.

Source: Times Of India