Anchor: South Korea's national football team will be facing North Korea in the second round of the 2022 Qatar World Cup qualifiers. An inter-Korean match scheduled for October 15 could take place in Pyongyang.
Daria Kim has more.
Report: In a draw to determine the 2022 Qatar World Cup Asian qualifying match schedule at the Asian Football Confederation(AFC) headquarters in Malaysia on Wednesday, South Korea ended up in the same group as North Korea.
The two Koreas were placed in Group H, along with Lebanon, Turkmenistan and Sri Lanka. AFC rules say each team plays twice in a home-and-away format in these World Cup qualifiers.
South Korea will kick off its quest for the next World Cup with an away match against Turkmenistan on September 10. An away game against North Korea is set for October 15.
If the game proceeds as scheduled, the fixture would be the first men's national team match between the two Koreas held in Pyongyang in 29 years. The last one was a friendly between the two squads in October of 1990.
There were scheduled North Korean home matches against South Korea for the 2010 South Africa World Cup qualifiers, but they were eventually played on a neutral pitch in Shanghai due to inter-Korean tensions at the time.
This year, expectations are high that the away match will be played in North Korea.
A Korea Football Association official said that North Korea recently has been accepting home matches, pointing to the South Korean female football team's Asian Cup qualifier in Pyongyang in March of last year.
Coached by Paulo Bento, South Korea's men's national football squad is ranked 37th by FIFA, the world football governing body, while North Korea is ranked 122nd.
Overall, South Korea has seven wins, eight draws and one loss against North Korea.
Daria Kim, KBS World Radio News.
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