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Akira Nishino selects two Thai assistants, including former coach Sirisak Yodyardthai

Akira Nishino selects two Thai assistants, including former coach Sirisak Yodyardthai

Sirisak Yodyardthai and young coach Anurak Srikerd will support Japanese coach Akira Nishino in the upcoming matches against Vietnam and Indonesia.

The decision to choose an assistant for Thailand has just been passed during a meeting between the Thai Football Federation board (FAT) and coach Akira Nishino and Sirisak and Anurak in Bangkok this morning.

Sirisak, 50, was chosen for his experience and profound knowledge of Thailand, where he spent three consecutive years as an assistant, then a temporary coach. Meanwhile, Anurak, 44, used to play 72 matches for the national team during the 1997-2003 period, having worked as a trainer in some Thai clubs and U19 teams. Both of them are free, before receiving assistant duties for Nishino.

"We choose the right coaches, we can focus on supporting immediately with Nishino in the national team, instead of the binding names, working at the club level. Right after being appointed, Sirisak and Anurak will work with Nishino to devise personnel plans for the national team gathering to prepare for the World Cup series early next month", Sanook quoted FAT Somyot Poompunmuang.

Akira Nishino selects two Thai assistants, including former coach Sirisak Yodyardthai

However, Sirisak and Anurak will only support Nishino in Thailand's first two matches in Group G in the second phase of the 2022 World Cup Asian qualifier. After the next battles in Vietnam on September 5 and as guests on the Indonesian ground on September 10, FAT and Nishino, Sirisak Yodyardthai and Anurak will sit together to evaluate the performance, before reunification will continue. or not.

Choosing Akira Nishino's assistant is a problem that caused FAT to suffer headaches, after they appointed the Japanese rulers in mid-July. FAT on 7/8 sent Nishino a list of 10 names for this coach to choose 4 people, including two national teams and two in the national U23 team to attend the U23 AFC Championship in January 2020.

Akira Nishino selects two Thai assistants, including former coach Sirisak Yodyardthai

Nishino and FAT still haven't finalized two assistants in the U23 team. But according to Thai media, one of the seats will belong to Tawan Sripan, the coach is about to expire at the Thai League Suphanburi club. Tawan Sripan is more or less familiar with Vietnamese fans, because he used to play Thailand in 1992-2008, and went to Vietnam to Hoang Anh Gia Lai in the 2004-2006 period.