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Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has extended his congratulations to DPR Korea, after they won the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship by defeating Korea Republic 2-0 in the final in Chonburi, Thailand on Saturday.

Both countries – along with Japan, who beat China PR to finish third - will represent Asia at the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.

"On behalf of the Asian football family, I would like to congratulate DPR Korea for the quality and resilience they showed in winning the AFC U-16 Women’s Championship for the third time. The performances of Korea Republic and Japan also deserve to be acknowledged and I am confident that Asia’s proud record in the U-17 Women’s World Cup will continue in Uruguay next year.

“DPR Korea’s achievement is a victory for the players and coaches, but also demonstrates the exemplary work undertaken by the DPR Korea Football Association. I believe their efforts can serve as inspiration for football players and fans around Asia.”

Asian teams have long been the global standard bearers in women’s youth football, winning four of five editions of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, and this year’s AFC U-16 Women’s Championship was yet another example of the outstanding talent in the Asian Continent.

Shaikh Salman also praised the Local Organising Committee, who delivered a highly-successful event, featuring 16 matches over two weeks in Chonburi.

“I would like to thank Football Association of Thailand and the Local Organising Committee for their hard work and dedication in hosting a successful competition, which will live long in the memory.”

DPR Korea’s success came thanks to a first-half goal from midfielder Ri Su-jong, and a late second from the tournament’s top scorer Kim Kyong-yong, who finished with nine goals in five matches.

Earlier, Japan defeated China PR in the match to decide third place, with their victory securing their sixth consecutive qualification for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup.

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