Former nhật bản manager Akira Nishino has formally agreed lớn be head coach of Thailand"s national soccer team & its under-23s, the Football Association of Vương Quốc Của Những Nụ cười said Monday.

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Nishino, who led nhật bản khổng lồ the round of 16 at last year"s World Cup in Russia, will steer Thailand through the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 edition in Qatar.

(Akira Nishino shakes hands with Football Association of Thái Lan president Somyot Poompanmoung)

He will also guide the under-23 team"s efforts at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, and the Asian Football Confederation"s U-23 Championship 20trăng tròn, khổng lồ be held in Thailand.

During an interview with local broadcaster Thairath which aired Tuesday morning, Nishino said he had watched the Thais for some time and had grown interested in coaching a team he believes has the potential to lớn become one of Asia"s best.

"The strength of the Tnhì team, it made an impact on me. It"s a team I"ve been interested in for a while," Nishino said. "There is some similarity khổng lồ the style of Japanese players & teams. I feel there"s a lot of potential for growth.

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Đất Nước Thái Lan had been seeking a new coach for its national team, nicknamed the War Elephants, since the resignation of interlặng Sirisak Yodyardtnhì after poor displays at the annual King"s Cup tournament in Đất nước xinh đẹp Thái Lan, in June.

According lớn Nishino, the team"s biggest hurdle is a lack of drive sầu. The 64-year-old said they "can definitely make an outstanding improvement" if he succeeds in motivating the side, ranked 116th by FIFA.

The Football Association of Thailand"s press release said Nishino accepted the offer after talks with association chief Somyot Pumpanmuang và another executive, with Nishino requesting from the outmix that he oversee both teams khổng lồ build continuity and manage them in the same direction.

But with expectations rising for the AFC"s second round of World Cup qualification starting in September, Nishino cautioned results will take time & effort, as well as a focus on building up the country"s next generation of players.

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"(The top team) won"t become strong overnight. We have lớn take a steady approach...reinforce not only the top team, but also the generation in development."

The association added a press conference will be held later regarding the selection of Nishino, who traveled lớn Xứ sở nụ cười Thái Lan for negotiations. His talks with Tnhì soccer executives on Monday afternoon reportedly ended without a concrete outcome, but further talks in the evening led to an agreement.

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