Sunday, March 18, 2007

North Korea is Asian U-16 Women's champion

North Korea beat Japan 3-0 in the final of the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship at MPPJ Stadium on Saturday. Jon Myong-hwa produced two goals and the tournament’s leading scorer Yun Hyon-yi scored the other as the North Koreans, who led 1-0 at half-time, dethroned the Japanese as Asian under-16 champions. North Korea proved themselves as the best team with four straight wins, including a 1-0 triumph over the Japanese in their Group B opener. They also beat Thailand 7-1 before overcoming South Korea 4-1 in the semi-finals. Both North Korea and Japan will represent the Asian Football Confederation in the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that will be held in New Zealand in 2008.

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