The government of North Korea believes it is a taboo to place football ahead of the country’s participation in the 2015 Asian Cup slated for Australia.
It's a taboo for players to enjoy football in North Korea
The North Korean national football team will be taking part in the 2015 Asian Cup and the side's Public Relations officer has warned the players not to enjoy taking part in the competition
An official described the situation as secondary to the responsibility of achieving success for the country than individual pleasure playing the game.
The East Asian nation is drawn in Group B against Uzbekistan, China, and Saudi Arabia in the tournament which holds from January 9 to January 31.
"To enjoy is taboo for us. I heard Japanese players say we want to enjoy football' but I can't understand it. I think football lovers can enjoy it but the players, as representatives of thecountry, have to think about their primary standpoint.’’
They begin their campaign against Uzbekistan on January 10 with Saudi Arabia and China to follow on January 14 and 18 respectively.
The team’s Public relations officer Lee Kang-Hong added: "We aim to be in the last four (at this tournament). We are drawn in a difficult group but if we aim to participate in Olympic Games or World Cup, it is inevitable we will play such strong teams.
"China have tall players and they are a bit rough but we can cope with it. But I think our team play cleanly and we will stay true to our values."
North Korea is regarded as the most bizarre country in the world where internet usage is assessed and the most mysterious football team in the world.
"We watch our opponents' games via the internet. In our country we can't access the internet on a regular basis and we must apply or register to use the internet so our FA can see the foreign info. Also ambassadors abroad have sent us relevant videos."