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Japan coach Hajime Moriyasu will stay in his job until 2026 after leading the Blue Samurai to the last 16 at the World Cup in Qatar, the Japan Football Association said. Image Credit: AFP

Tokyo: The coach of Japan’s national football team, Hajime Moriyasu, who led the Samurai Blue to the knock-out stage of the Qatar World Cup, will stay on to lead the team into the next World Cup in 2026, the Japan Football Association said on Wednesday.

Moriyasu will be the first coach to manage Japan’s team in two consecutive World Cup tournaments.

Japan shocked Germany in their opener in Qatar, winning 2-1, but then lost to Costa Rica and beat Spain to finish top of their group and reach the last 16. They were then beaten on penalties by Croatia.