Tokyo: Former Japan coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who was sensationally fired just two months before the World Cup, returned to Tokyo Saturday vowing to fight his dismissal.

Japan named veteran Akira Nishino as its new national football manager earlier this month to replace Halilhodzic after a series of disappointing performances by the Blue Samurai.

“I still don’t understand what has happened,” Halilhodzic said after arriving at Haneda airport on his first return to the country since his dismissal.

“I came here to find out the truth,” he said.

“I was pushed into a tiresome place and feel as if I was dumped into a trash box,” the Franco-Bosnian told reporters through an interpreter.