• Kyodo


The Japan Football Association approved FIFA executive committee member Kozo Tashima as its new president and former national team manager Takeshi Okada as the vice president on Thursday at a board of directors meeting.

The 58-year-old Tashima won the presidential election in late January and will formally take office on March 27 following a meeting of trustees, replacing Kuniya Daini on a two-year term.

Okada, who led Japan at the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, has previously served on the JFA’s board of directors and was reported late last month to have been approached about playing a leading role in player improvement and development.

The 59-year-old Okada also led Yokohama F. Marinos to two successive J. League titles from 2003 at club level.

The JFA also appointed former Gamba Osaka manager Akira Nishino as its new technical director.

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