North Korea to train in Zimbabwe
North Korea will train in Zimbabwe before the World Cup, after they were the only one of five competing nations to accept a request from the Zimbabwean government to come to the country.
Zimbabwe's tourism minister Walter Mzembi said that a quintet of teams, including England and the United States, were asked to boost the tourism industry with a visit, but that only North Korea confirmed their stay.
"Of the five countries that we are aiming to come to Zimbabwe, only North Korea have confirmed they will stay in Zimbabwe at the end of May before proceeding to South Africa for the World Cup tournament," Mzembi told AP.
Mzembi also claimed that Australia and five-time World Cup winners Brazil were asked to set up training camps in a bid to reach the "achievable target" of 100,000 tourists before and after the World Cup.
Zimbabwe has been plagued by political violence and severe economic problems and is hoping to cash in on the continent's success in hosting the tournament in South Africa, while North Korea, who last appeared at the World Cup in 1966, will enter the country on May 25.