SYDNEY: Brief stories from the Asian Cup on Thursday:
‘There’s only one Kim Jong-Un!’
A sizeable crowd of North Korea supporters were heard serenading the country’s leader during Wednesday’s match against Saudi Arabia. A few hundred people chanted, “Kim Jong-Un, ole ole ole!” while bouncing up and down in the style of Spanish football fans. Their enthusiasm did not bring the Chollima (“Thousand-Mile Horse”) much luck as they lost 4-1 to the Saudis, ending their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.
Chinese fan scores
Love was in the air at Brisbane Stadium as China shocked Uzbekistan 2-1. Shortly before kick-off a Chinese fan got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend in front of dozens of fellow supporters, who swiftly whipped out their smartphones to take snapshots. Pictures of the proposal went swirling around social media — but in soap-opera fashion, there was no immediate news of the girlfriend’s answer. Not until after the game did the Asian Football Confederation tweet a picture of the happy couple with the caption: “She said yes!”
Marjan Eid will be hoping trigger-happy Bahrain don’t start looking for their fifth coach in 18 months if their Asian Cup campaign falls flat. Eid took charge midway through the Gulf Cup last November following the dismissal of Iraqi Adnan Hamad. Hamad himself had only been appointed Bahrain boss three months previously following departure of Englishman Anthony Hudson to take charge of New Zealand. And Hudson had been with Bahrain for just under a year, succeeding Argentine Gabriel Calderon on the merry-go-round in August 2013.