Former Japan World Cup coach shortlisted to lead Vietnam

Takeshi Okada, who led Japan to football's biggest stage in 1998 and in 2010, is in the running to take over the helm as Vietnam coach

Former Japan coach Takeshi Okada has been touted to take over as the head coach of Vietnam.

The 57-year-old, who played for the Japanese national team in the 1980s, is set to take over the position by former coach Hoang Van Phuc, who resigned a few months ago.

Okada was recommended by the Japan FA (JFA) after the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) requested for suggestions on potential candidates.

The vastly experienced coach led his country in the 1998 and 2010 World Cup, with coaching stints at J-league side Consadole Sapporo and Yokohama F. Marinos in between.

The former Furukawa Electric defender has spent the last two seasons with Chinese Super League side Hangzhou Greentown before he resigned at the end of last year.