Cambodia appoint Honda to double role

Sunday, August 12, 2018
Keisuke Honda-Cambodia

Phnom Penh: Japan star Keisuke Honda has been appointed as the  general manager and coach of the Cambodia national team.

Football Federation of Cambodia President General Sao Sokha, in announcing Honda's signing on Sunday, said the Melbourne Victory player will help chart the national team's fortunes in the 2018 AFF Cup.

Honda's appointment comes just days after he signed with reigning A-League champions Melbourne Victory for the 2018-19 season.

Media reports stated that Honda will continue his playing career in the A-League but will assist Cambodia’s coaching staff through weekly video calls.

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Honda, who announced his retirement from international football after the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, shot to fame at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when his goals helped Japan reach the Round of 16.

He netted 37 times in 98 appearances for his country and was the first Japanese player to score at three World Cups (2010, 2014, 2018).

In the AFF Cup, Cambodia are in Group A with Vietnam, Malaysia and Myanmar.

Photo: Football Federation of Cambodia