Photo/IllutrationHajime Moriyasu, head coach of U-21 Japan (Asahi Shimbun file photo)

Hajime Moriyasu has a lot on his plate these days.

He is already Japan's coach for the men's soccer team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Now, he is being tapped by the Japan Football Association to manage the national team, sources said July 20.

The appointment of Moriyasu, now head coach of U-21 Japan, is expected to be approved at a meeting of the association’s Executive Committee on July 26. He is said to be keen to take over from Akira Nishino.

The association will shortly discuss contract terms with Moriyasu, a former midfielder for Japan’s national team, the sources said.

Moriyasu, 49, will double as the head coach of U-21 Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The association’s technical committee had been scouting a new head coach after Nishino fulfilled his contractual obligations for the Russia World Cup, where Japan made it to the best 16. Moriyasu served as a senior coach under Nishino.

The consensus within the committee was that a Japanese national should head the squad, and Moriyasu was an obvious candidate, committee members said.

Kohzo Tashima, the JFA president, agreed with the technical committee's choice.

“Moriyasu has achieved the No. 1 record,” he said.

Moriyasu took the helm of U-21 Japan for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2017 after leading Sanfrecce Hiroshima from 2012 to three J1 titles.