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Choi Sung-Kuk arrived at Rabotnicki

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Choi Sung-Kuk; photo: zimbio.comChoi Sung-Kuk; photo: zimbio.comFormer South Korean international Choi Sung-Kuk was present for Rabotnicki during the start of preparations and will officially join the club once his documents arrive to register the player.

Rabotnicki officially presented new manager Robert Pevnik at today's press conference and gave updated in regards to the transfer market.  The club announced that veteran defender Pance Kjumbev and goalkeepers Stole Dimitrievski and Trajce Nikov have left the club while the new players are goalkeeper Flip Madzovski, defender Milos Zivković, and attackers Bosko Stupić and Choi Sung-Kuk (once his documents arrive to register the player).

In particular, the addition of Choi Sung-Kuk was controversial since the player was implicated in a match-fixing scandal in his native South Korea and was banned from playing in the country.

Dragan Popovski, the Rabotnicki president, tried to clear up the situation by saying, "The truth is that against him (Choi Sung-Kuk), there are no ongoing criminal proceedings in difference to those who directly participated in the match-fixing scandal and are already in jail.  In the moment, we are waiting for the necessary documents for his registration, after which he will officially become our player."

Rabotnicki will train in Skopje until 22 January and then leave the next day to a place that has still not been determined at this point.  The club was supposed to train in Turkey but with the appointment of a new coach, plans changed so Rabotnicki will soon have to decide on a place for about ten days of preparations.  After that, the club returns to Skopje for a week before taking part in a mini-tournament in Serbia where they will play several friendlies to get ready for the second half of the season.

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