That practice remains in place for the North Korea team taking part in the FIFA U-17 World Cup here as well. The North Korea U-17 team, placed in Group D with Brazil, Spain and Niger, has been shielded from the media.
The preparations were shrouded in secrecy to such an extent that until the North Korean football federation submitted the name of its new head coach with the 21-member players’ list, it wasn’t clear who had replaced their banned head coach, Yun Jong-su. A little comparison Detail between Niger and North Korea .
NigerNickname: Junior Menas
Key players: Nacho Diaz is the spearhead of the Spanish attack. The gifted striker has an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time to score spectacular goals.
Coach: Santi Denia, a former Spain international and Atletico Madrid defender, is regarded as an exponent of attacking football.
Expectations: According to the coach, the tournament is very open and the results would come down to minor details in the end. The team is mentally strong, and is confident of playing some good football. Beating Spain would not be an easy task for the other teams. The team has the firepower to progress into the semifinals without much difficulties.
Past records: This Western African country named after the Niger River have never appeared at a FIFA competition in any age group.
Path to qualification: The surprise fourth-place finish in the 2017 CAF U-17 Africa Cup of Nations secured them a place at India 2017.
Strengths: A bunch of high-spirited and determined youngsters. Their great character and positive attitude were on display during many closely-contested matches this season.
Weakness: Niger, who will make their debut on the world stage at India 2017, seemingly lack the experience and the big match temperament to win against stronger opponents.
Key players: Niger rode on the brilliance of marksman Ibrahim Boubacar Marou to enter the last-four stage in the U-17 Africa Cup of Nations. He is somebody who can terrorize defenses with a combination of exemplary skills, electric pace and solid finishing.
Coach: Tiemogo Soumaila, a former captain of the senior national team and a defender par
North KoreaSoumaila has become a popular figure among the new generation as well by guiding the U-17 side to the World Cup.
Nickname: Young Chollima
Key player: Striker Ri Kwang-Il.
Past records: North Korea's first appearance in the FIFA U-17 World Cup was in 2004 when they finished runners-up in the Asian campaign. They have made it to the pre-quarterfinals on three occasions – 2005, 2007 and in 2015.
Strengths: The team has some excellent midfielders who are good at winning the ball and making accurate passes.
Weaknesses: North Korea’s defense is said to be the worst among the Asian teams qualified for India 2017. The team will have to avoid committing silly mistakes at the back.
Coach: Yun Jong Su, who had an illustrious international playing career, had been the coach of the senior team before taking over the reins of the U-17 side. He deserves special credit for guiding a team with such a feeble defense to the World Cup.
Expectations: North Korea will be applying the wait and watch strategy to overpower much-fancied opponents. If they manage to take early lead and hold on to it, they may progress from the group stage.