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Thailand part ways with Nishino

Bangkok: Thailand have parted company with head coach Akira Nishino, the Football Association of Thailand announced on Thursday.

The 66-year-old AFC Champions League-winning coach failed to lead the War Elephants to the final round of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as Thailand missed out on a top two finish in Group G.

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The United Arab Emirates and Vietnam progressed at the expense of the Thais, who finished fourth six points off top spot and will now play in the third round of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 next year.

Nishino was appointed in July 2019 and took a strong resume to Bangkok, having won the AFC Champions League in 2008 with Gamba Osaka before leading Japan to the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia.

He initially impressed with Thailand’s U23 team, leading them to the quarter-finals of the 2020 AFC Under 23 Championship on home soil, where they were eliminated by Saudi Arabia.

No replacement for Nishino has been announced, with the Thais next due to play in the Asean Football Federation Championships in December before embarking on their qualifying campaign for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 early next year.

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