Vahid Halilhodzic will not be with Japan for the world cup draw. The 65-year-old Bosnian got after a couple of disappointing results resigned and was replaced by the Japanese Akira Nishino.
The Japanese football federation made the news Monday known after the end of a crisisvergadering on the bondszetel in Tokyo.
Halilhodzic came in march 2015 at the helm at Japan. He led the country to a sixth consecutive qualification for the world cup. But the disappointing results of the end of last month in the oefeninterlands against Mali (1-1) and Ukraine (1-2), two duels that at Sclessin in Liège were played, do it now the tie.
With Akira Nishino, a coach with much experience in the Japanese J-League, the federation already has a successor.
Japan is at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS in Russia classified in group H with Colombia (19 June), Senegal (24 June) and Poland (28 June). In the eighth finals, Belgium is possible an opponent.
For Halilhodzic so, anyway, not a second duel against the Red Devils on a world cup. Four years ago, he was with Algeria, the first opponent of the Belgians in the group stage at the world cup in Brazil. It was in Belo Horizonte 2-1 for the Devils after goals from Fellaini and Mertens. Algeria plunged like Belgium through to the eighth finals, where the only after the extensions folded against the later world champion Germany.