04/04/2017 by Julia van der Doesch
The South Korean women’s football team arrived in Pyongyang on Monday afternoon for a qualifying tournament in the Women’s Asian Cup.
Last time a South Korean team visited Pyongyang was in October 1990, when the men’s team went down 2-1 to their DPRK counterparts in a friendly match.
South Korea, together with the DPRK team, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong and India are in Group B. All matches for this group will take place at the Kim Il-sung Stadium in the DPRK’s capital in a schedule finishing on April 11.
The much-anticipated match between South Korea and the DPRK will be held on Friday, after the opener between South Korea and India on Wednesday.
South Koreans wanting to travel to the DPRK need approval from both governments. The Seoul government last week cleared the women’s football team to visit Pyongyang after the DPRK gave an assurance of their safety via the Asian Football Confederation, according to Yonhap News Agency.
Fifty-one players, coaching staff and reporters traveling to Pyongyang for the qualifying tournament flew to Beijing from Seoul on Sunday. They obtained visas at the DPRK Embassy before taking flights to Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang.