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An urges North Korea to keep faith with Kim

February 17, 2010
By Soccernet staff

An Yong-Hak insists Kim Jong-Hun must be given the chance to coach North Korea at the World Cup finals, despite a number of foreign coaches being linked with the post.

An Yong-Hak
GettyImagesAn Yong-Hak in action against Saudi Arabia

Kim led North Korea to second place in Group 2 of Asian qualifying, behind South Korea, ensuring that the country would be represented at the finals for the first time since 1966.

Despite his success, various respected European coaches such as Sven-Goran Eriksson and Guus Hiddink have been linked with the post in recent months as North Korea prepare for the daunting task of facing Brazil, Portugal and Ivory Coast in June.

But An, who made 13 appearances in the qualifying campaign and represents Omiya Ardija in Japan, hopes the DPR Korea Football Association keeps faith with the man who took the country to South Africa.

"First of all, all the players have belief in the coach Kim Jong-Hun and he returns that belief and has faith in the players," An told "The players are training and playing harder for him. I think that trust is the strongest point between manager and player. It helps the team a lot.

"I think that these are just rumors. I personally have never heard anything about changing our coach. Kim Jong-Hun will lead North Korea to the World Cup. I think Kim Jong-Hun have to lead us at least until World Cup 2010. To bring new manager just before World Cup will not be good news for us."