The first official match of new coach Akira Nishino in the role of head coach of the Thai team will be a great battle against Vietnam in the second qualifying round of the World Cup in Asia. This will be a very remarkable match not only because of the predestined relationship between these two teams, but also a test of the ability of this famous strategist.
In this match, coach Nishino also pointed out the players he had high expectations for. Those are the names playing in Japan, including Messi Thai Chanathip Songkrasin:
“I have high expectations for the three players who are playing in the J.League because playing in the top arena in Japan proves that they have great potential. Not only Chanathip Songkrasin, I hope, all three players will be my main cards for Thailand in the next World Cup Qualifiers.”
“I want to qualify for this World Cup. And the first match against Vietnam will be my debut. I hope Thailand will win over Vietnam.”
In the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Thailand is in Group G with Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the UAE. With experience in military management and helped Japan impress at the 2018 World Cup, coach Akira Nishino is expected to help “War Elephants” regain the strength of a football that once dominated the region.