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Nishino to chart Thailand's future

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
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Bangkok: Akira Nishino has been appointed head coach of the Thailand national team.

The former Japan national head coach will lead Thailand's bid to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023.

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Nishino, who led Japan's Samurai Blue to the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, will also guide the Thailand U-23 team at the 2019 SEA Games in the Philippines and the 2020 AFC U23 Championship, to be held in Thailand.

The Football Association of Thailand, in a media statement, said Nishino requested to oversee both teams in order to build continuity and manage the two national teams in the same direction.

OFFICIAL!!! The Football Association of Thailand have appointed Akira Nishino as the National Team Coach.

Welcome Akira Nishino to the Changsuek family. Good luck with the First Team and U23 Team. 🇹🇭⚽️#ช้างศึก #Togetherasone #อากิระ #นิชิโนะ #Akira #Nishino

— Changsuek (@Changsuek_TH) July 1, 2019

The second round of the Asian Qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 kicks off in September with the draw to unveil the groups to be held in Kuala Lumpur on July 17.

Photo: AFP

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