N.Korea Demands Free World Cup Training in Swaziland

      March 22, 2010 08:49

      The North Korean national soccer team asked for some W280 million from Swaziland to set up a training camp for its World Cup football team there but has been turned down. The 2010 World Cup is held in neighbouring South Africa.

      The Swazi Observer on March 17 said Swazi Minister of Sports, Culture and Youth Affairs Hlobsile Ndlovu decided to decline a request from one of the World Cup finalists that wanted to train there for eight days in late April and early May. Ndlovu did not specify what country, but the daily identified North Korea.

      The North promised to provide local football players and coaches with a clinic, play a practice match with the Swazi national team, and give an interview to the local press. In return, the North demanded transport, accommodation and meals for its national team. It is not clear whether the 1.9 million lilangeni it demanded was a separate demand for cash.

      Meanwhile, a warm-up match with Nigeria in Pyongyang on April 14 is now uncertain due to conflict over who will pay the airfare for the Nigerian team, the Nigerian newspaper Complete Sports reported. In principle, the host country pays the expenses for a visiting sports team, but North Korea wants Nigeria to pay, the newspaper added.

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