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Sacked Nishino apologises for WCup qualifying flop

Ex-Thailand coach Akira Nishino


Japanese coach Akira Nishino has apologised to the Thai people for his failure to help the country earn a ticket to the world 2022 Word Cup in Qatar.

The Football Association of Thailand had set qualification target which Nishino failed to meet.

The former Thailand head coach, who was sacked by the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) last month, has written an apology letter to the Thai football fans, text of which was revealed on Sunday.

In his last venture with the War Elephants, Nishino saw his team knocked out of contention for a place in the 12-team third and final round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in June in Dubai.

The Thai national team finished in fourth place in Group G of the second qualifying stage for the region, claiming only nine points from eight matches.

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It was this failure which forced the FAT to terminate Nishino’s contract.

“I am really very sorry that our training camp for the World Cup qualifying round in Dubai and the subsequent campaign did not go as planned.

“We had to take along all 42 players to Dubai and select the final squad there. It was really very difficult to manage things at the time.

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“Absence of some of the top players, including those playing in the J-League, also caused a drop in our performance.”

Nishino also thanked the FAT and Thai football fans for their support during his stay in the Kingdom.






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