Former J-league player and ex-Japan Under-22 footballer Takayuki Nishigaya, has been named the new head coach of the Singapore Football Team.
His appointment was announced by the Football Association of Singapore during a press conference today (25 April).
Nishigaya is a former defender with 100 appearances in the J League, who went on to become an assistant coach at SPL clubs Albirex Niigata in 2012 and Mito Hollyhock from 2013 to 2015.
He then got promoted to head coach at Mito Hollyhock, took charge of SC Sagamihara, then became under-18 head coach at Matsumoto Yamaga, before becoming first-team assistant of the same team in 2020.
The 48-year-old is set to assume his new role as Singapore head coach next month and is finalising the necessary paperwork to travel to Singapore at the moment.
He will be supported by Nazri Nasir who will be his assistant, and Koichiro Lizuka, the staff coach and analyst.
Nishigaya said that “it is a great honour to become the new head coach of the Singapore men’s national team and I am grateful for the trust and belief that FAS has in me. I fully understand the heavy expectations that come with this position, and I am very much looking forward to undertaking the responsibilities with my fullest commitment and endeavour.”
Image source: J League and Football Association of Singapore