Kigwancha Sports Club

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Kigwancha Sports Club logo.png
Full nameKigwancha Sports Club
Nickname(s)Sinŭiju Locomotive Sports Club
Founded11 January 1956; 64 years ago (1956-01-11)[1]
GroundSinuiju Stadium
ManagerHan Won-chol
LeagueDPR Korea Premier Football League
Kigwancha Sports Club
Revised RomanizationGigwancha cheyukdan
McCune–ReischauerKigwanch'a ch'eyuktan
lit. Locomotive Sports Club

Kigwancha Sports Club or Kigwancha Sports Team (Korean: 기관차체육단; Korean for 'locomotive'), known as Sinuiju Locomotive Sports Club is a North Korean multi-sports club belonging to the Korean State Railway and based in Sinuiju. It was established on 11 January 1956, and has been awarded the Order of Kim Il-sung and the Order of the National Flag (First Class).[2] The club is best known for its men's and women's football teams.

Kigwancha's men presently play in the DPR Korea Premier Football League, and won several championships in the late 1990s. The club finished third in 2006 season.[3] They have taken part in continental competition once, finishing second in its group in the group stage of the 2017 AFC Cup.[4]


Sharing the Yanggakdo Stadium with them, Kigwancha have a rivalry with Sobaeksu.[citation needed]

Current squad[edit]

As of 4 April 2017

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 North Korea GK Ju Kwang-min
3 North Korea DF Kang Kuk-chol
5 North Korea DF Ri Tong-il
6 North Korea DF U Il-gang
7 North Korea FW Kim Yong-il
8 North Korea FW Han Tae-hyok
9 North Korea FW Jang Ok-chol
10 North Korea FW Kang Ji-song
11 North Korea MF Kang Rok
12 North Korea MF An Jun-sok
13 North Korea MF Ri Chung-gyu
14 North Korea MF An Kuk-hyon
15 North Korea DF Hong In-song
No. Position Player
16 North Korea MF Kim Chong
17 North Korea DF Song Jin-yong
18 North Korea DF Han Kwang-song
20 North Korea DF Kim Chang-su
21 North Korea DF Choe Ok-chol
22 North Korea MF Pak Chung-il
24 North Korea FW Rim Kwang-hyok
25 North Korea DF Jong Song-bom
26 North Korea DF Pak Kun-hyok
27 North Korea MF Ri Un-il
28 North Korea DF Ri Kwang-il
31 North Korea GK Sin Hyok
32 North Korea GK Kim Il-gwang

Known players (including former players)[edit]


Continental history[edit]

Season[4] Competition Round Club Home Away Position
2017 AFC Cup Group I Mongolia Erchim 7–0 3–0 2nd
North Korea April 25 2–2 1–1

AFC clubs ranking[edit]

As of 4 December 2017.[5]
Current Rank Team
133 Oman Saham Club
134 State of Palestine Ahli Al-Khaleel
135 North Korea Kigwancha
136 Cambodia Boeung Ket Angkor
137 State of Palestine Taraji Wadi Al-Nes


1st place, gold medalist(s) 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2016
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1995, 2006, 2012
2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2015
4th 2017
1st place, gold medalist(s) 2004, 2005
2nd place, silver medalist(s) 2015, 2016
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2014
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2012
1st place, gold medalist(s) 2007
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2010, 2016

Other Sports[edit]

The club also has basketball and volleyball teams.[6][7] Athletes representing the club also play tennis.[8]


  1. ^ "Kigwancha Sports Team Successful in 2013". KCNA. 25 February 2014. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Anniversary of Kigwancha Sports Team Marked in DPRK". Rodong Sinmun. 11 January 2016. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  3. ^ Эпштейн, Арнольд. Северные корейцы учат русский, стоят на голове и ждут документы с родины (in Russian). Спорт-Экспресс. Retrieved 29 October 2006.
  4. ^ a b "Decision by Competitions Committee & Executive Committee for AFC Club Competitions". Asian Football Confederation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  5. ^ "AFC Club Ranking (2nd July 2017 )". Asian Football Confederation. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  6. ^ Yang Ryon Hui (2 November 2017). "National Championships close". The Pyongyang Times. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  7. ^ Jong Tang Song (12 October 2017). "National Championships go on". The Pyongyang Times. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  8. ^ Ri Sung Ik (2 November 2017). "National Championships top annual sporting calendar off with new records". The Pyongyang Times. Archived from the original on 4 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.

External links[edit]

Documentary on YouTube (in Korean)