By Liu Jin/AFP/Getty ImagesDRESDEN, Germany (heinnews) – North Korean coach Kim Kwang Min dropped a real bombshell – well actually a bolt of news – as he claimed his players were not fully fit in their 2-0 loss to the United States because some of them were hit by a bolt of lightning during preparations for the 2011 Women’s World Cup.

“Frankly speaking, when we were having training and test matches before we left for this tournament, some players were hit by lightning and they were in the hospital. Five of them,” Kim said through an interpreter in the post-game press conference.

“We had an accident in Pyongyang before we left for this tournament. Some of the players were left behind. Some were in hospital and came later. Until now they were not fully treated for the match.”

Kim was asked when the accident took place and answered: “June 8.” And when questioned which of his players were most affected by the lightning bolt, he added: “The goalkeeper, four defenders and some midfield players” – without distinguishing which exact players he meant.

The news clearly hit FIFA media officials like a lightning bolt as well.

“It was news to us all,” said FIFA media officer Julie Brown at the U.S. press conference afterwards as journalists began asking the Americans about the latest North Korean revelation.

FIFA officials scurried away after the press conference, desperate to find more information about this mysterious bolt of lightning.

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