South Korea seeking football diplomacy with North Korea

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Korea Football Association President Chung Mong-Gyu speaks during signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Korea Football Association and SM Entertainment at Korea Football Association on December 11, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. The MoU was designated for diversifying Korean soccer and K-wave through mutual exchange of sports and entertainment business industry.  (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/Getty Images)

Korean Football Association (KFA) revealed that they will discuss reviving inter-Korean football exchanges with during president Chung Mong-gyu’s visit across the border later this month.

Chung Mong-gyu is scheduled to hold talks with his North Korean counterparts during his September 18-20 visit to Pyongyang for a meeting of the executive committee of the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF).

Both sides have not played bilateral friendlies for a decade since their last meeting in Pyongyang in 1990, when the North Korean men’s team secured their only victory in 15 attempts against their southern rivals.

“We expect this trip will go a long way toward revitalizing inter-Korean football exchanges,” a KFA official said, who stated that the focus of his trip would initially be on women’s football.

“Given North Korea’s prowess in women’s football, it will help our women’s team to play them. There will also be discussions on holding matches between our women’s youth teams.”

Both South and North Korea team genders have faced each other during different tournaments and in qualifying campaigns. However, their last friendly took place in 2005 to commemorate the anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japan.