After that kind of display, our opponents’ defences are going to be marking her pretty tightly.


Coach Jong Bok-Sin on Sung


“Goals are my main focus,” said the 16-year-old. “That’s my role in the coach’s gameplan. Once out on the pitch, I always try to give 100 per cent for my team, whether it’s by scoring or by setting up one of my team-mates for a goal.”


The diminutive North Korean attacker – the smallest player on the pitch – posed a real threat to the English defence throughout the 90 minutes, and it was her fine work down the right-hand side, where she ghosted past three defenders and sent a fine cross into the box, that led to Ko Kyong-Hui notching Korea DPR’s third goal of the FIFA 17 Coins fifacoin-buy.


At the end of the game, her coach, Jong Bok-Sin, paid tribute to her performance: “She was the best player out there and she did everything that I asked of her. I’d like to thank her for all she gave to the team. After that kind of display, our opponents’ defences are going to be marking her pretty tightly, but I’m planning on varying our tactics a little so that she can still be our most effective forward.”


Sung has conflicting emotions about Costa Rica 2014, where the North Koreans were knocked out at the group stage. The AFC U-16 Women’s Championship holds fonder memories for her, however, after she scored four goals and reached the final in 2013, and then scored three times and held aloft the trophy – following Korea DPR’s defeat of Japan – in 2015.


“We have more experience now,” she said. “We came to Jordan with the intention of getting as far as possible. Our main aim is to reach the knockout stages. We’ll see what happens after that. I hope that we’re still here on the last day of the tournament.”


Korea DPR are scheduled to face Brazil in their second group match on Tuesday 4 October, at Prince Mohammed International Stadium. In the event of victory, Hyang-Sim and her compatriots will have taken a crucial step towards obtaining their stated objective.


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