AMMAN, October 19, 2016 – Are superstitions real? North Korea coach Sin Jong Bok thinks so. In the second half of his teams’ quarter-final match against Venezuela he directed his girls’ water bottles towards the South American goal. It was done in the belief that this would help his team win. It was not long before North Korea then they scored the second and third goals.
When AIPS asked about the meaning of pointing the water bottles towards Venezuela's goal, the coach laughed and denied it saying "No, It doesn't mean anything."
But what he cannot deny is the most inspiring ritual the team do in each of their games, where the girl(s) who scored stand in a huge circle made by their teammates and bow as a thank you and a show of respect for their outstanding effort.
The coach's had special praise for Ri Hae Yon for being "in really good physical condition, fast and smart."
The coach’s lucky numbers were 10 and 14 on Monday. It came as no surpise that these were the two players he picked. Number 10, Ri Hae Yon won the Golden boot in 2015 at the AFC Under 16 Asian Women's Championship that took place in China, and she also was the Player of the match against Nigeria in this tournament. Ri even scored the third goal in the last minute of the game against Venezuela in the semi-final to set the final scoreline at 3-0 for North Korea.
Sung Hayang Sim, number 14, was named Player of the Match for her outstanding midfield performance.