The head coaches of South Korea and Japan at last year’s World Cup in Russia could soon go head to head.
Different roles this time though.
Former South Korea coach Shin Tae-yong has been tapped to take over Indonesia’s struggling national team, the country’s football association said on Friday.
Shin guided South Korea in Russia, which included an incredible 2-0 win over defending champions Germany.
He is expected to be formally unveiled on Saturday.
“We have invited Shin to finalise the contract. After that he will be introduced later on Saturday,” Mochamad Iriawan, chairman of the Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI), said in a statement Friday.
“Hopefully all the process will run well.”
The expected appointment of Shin, 50, comes after the PSSI sacked Scotsman Simon McMenemy in November.
Indonesia are currently bottom of their 2022 World Cup qualifying group on zero points from five games.
Indonesia also floundered in last year’s Southeast Asian championship, the Suzuki Cup, where they finished fourth out of five teams in their group.
Indonesian football and its professional league have been tarnished by a host of problems, including match-fixing scandals and deadly hooliganism.
But once the World Cup qualifying resumes next spring, a clash with Thailand awaits.
The War Elephants are now coached by Akira Nishino, who guided Japan to the last 16 in Russia.
Thailand’s superiority in the ASEAN region has diwndled in recent years, and they currently sit third behind Vietnam and Malaysia in the qualifying group.
Thailand won the first meeting, a 3-0 in Jakarta.