Nishino to step down as coach of Japan national soccer team
Jiji -- Jul 06
Akira Nishino, who led the Japanese national soccer team to the last 16 at the FIFA World Cup in Russia as its coach, will step down from the post once his current term expires at the end of this month, it was learned Thursday.

At a press conference in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, east of Tokyo, Japan Football Association President Kozo Tashima said, "When the JFA asked Nishino to take up the post, both sides agreed that his tenure as coach would terminate upon the end of the World Cup, regardless of the team's results."

"We didn't try to persuade him to stay," Tashima said. "Nishino is set to quit as coach of the national team at the end of July."

Nishino, 63, replaced Vahid Halilhodzic, who was suddenly sacked as coach of the Japanese national team, nicknamed the Samurai Blue, in April, only two months before the start of the quadrennial tournament.

Nishino had only a short time to prepare the national team for the event. But the team advanced to the knockout stage, winning a total of four points in the group phase with one win, one loss and one draw.

News source: Jiji
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