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North Korea to camp in Zimbabwe

Jong Tae Se and Ri Kwang Chon
Jong Tae Se and Ri Kwang Chon plot North Korea's progress to South Africa

North Korea will train in Zimbabwe before heading to South Africa for this year's World Cup in June.

The southern African country approached five countries playing in the global tournament to set up their training bases in the country.

But Zimbabwe's tourism minister Walter Mzembi said only North Korea has confirmed it will come.

England and the United States were among the countries asked to visit in the build-up to the tournament.

Mzembi said Australia and five-time World Cup winner Brazil were also approached in a bid to boost Zimbabwe's tourism industry but they are yet to respond.

The North Korean team is expected in Zimbabwe at the end of May but no specific dates were given.

North Korea last appeared at the World Cup in 1966.

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