Korea DPR assistant coach Jo Tong-Sop has attributed his side's disappointing AFC Challenge Cup draw with ten-man Turkmenistan to the adverse weather conditions in Sri Lanka.
“It was the first game and it was played in a very high temperature,” he told the-afc.com. “The humidity made it hard for our players especially in the first half when he fell behind 1-0.”
The 1-1 draw against a side ranked 134th in the world and played the last quarter of the match with ten men is not how Korea wished to kick off their Challenge Cup campaign.
“Turkmenistan had a player sent-off and I wanted them to take advantage of this, but they were unable to follow my instructions due to the heat which made them very tired and fatigued.
Finally, Jo confirmed he was happy with his side overall and that he can take a lot of positives from their second-half performance.
“In the second half we were able to recover because our players did their best and improved to earn a draw. It is a good first experience and will set us up for the upcoming games.”