By The Nation
The 64-year-old from from Saitama agreed to take the job after four hours of closed door meeting with Thai FA chief Somyot Poompamoung at the FAT headquarters in Bangkok in the afternoon.
“Akira Nishino has agreed to coach the Thailand national team for the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers and the Thailand U23 team for the 2019 SEA Games and the 2020 AFC U-23 Championship (in Bangkok),” the Thai FA statement says.
The Japanese had attended two Thai League games between True Bangkok and Sukhothai at the Thammasat Stadium in Pathum Thani on Saturday
Chonburi and Buriram in Chonburi on Sunday amidst high speculations from local and Japanese media that he was to accept the post. He has already left Thailand on Monday’s night.
Nishino, despite having limited time preparing Japan for the 2018 World Cup, led the Samurai Blue to the round of 16, losing to Belgium 2-3.
In 1999, under his management, Nishino led Kashiwa Reysol to win the 1999 J League Cup. He later signed with Gamba Osaka in 2002 and orchestrated the team to its first ever J League title in 2005.
Nishino will succeed Milovan Rajevac who was sacked after Thailand lost to India 1-4 in the January’s Asian Cup group stage in the United Arab Emirates. Since then Thailand had been under the surveillance of interim coach Sirisak Yodyadthai. Sirisak resigned after Thailand settled at fourth in the King’s Cup in June.