Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu, who led the Samurai Blue into the round of 16 at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, is set to retain his post, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The decision will be finalized at a board meeting of the Japan Football Association and will be the first time that a Japan head coach has stayed on after a World Cup.

Details of his contract will be worked out at a later date.

Before the World Cup, the JFA's technical committee was ready to consider new candidates for the job, including 67-year-old Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, who most recently managed Leeds in England's Premier League.

The JFA, however, has decided to keep the 54-year-old Moriyasu after seeing Japan come from behind to beat past World Cup champions Germany and Spain, topping a tough Group E in Qatar.

Although Japan eventually fell short of its goal of reaching its first-ever World Cup quarterfinal, Moriyasu's leadership and personality were recognized.

The former national team midfielder has won three J. League titles as manager of Sanfrecce Hiroshima.