9/5/2018 10:10:14 AM (GMT+3)

Honda kicks off coaching assignment with Cambodia

Honda kicks off coaching assignment with Cambodia

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: Former Japan international Keisuke Honda began his first training session with the Cambodia national team on Tuesday.

Honda, who is now a full-time A-League player with Melbourne Victory, is now a general manager for the Cambodian squad.

His real test will be on Monday when Cambodia play Malaysia in a friendly.

“It will be a difficult game as Malaysia is a strong side,” said the Japanese legend at the Olympic National Stadium.

Honda, who announced his retirement from international football after this summer’s World Cup in Russia, netted 37 times in 98 appearances for his country and was the first Japanese player to score at three World Cups (2010, 2014, 2018).

Following Monday’s fixture against Tan Cheng Hoe’s side, the Angkor Warriors will face Singapore on September 16 before the AFF Cup (November 8- December 15).

Cambodia, who are in Group A with Vietnam, Malaysia and Myanmar, will be making their seventh appearance and have never reached the Knockout Stage

“I want to contribute all my experience. My mission is to change Cambodian football right now, but it will take some time. My main objective is to establish a playing style for them,” said Honda. (Pic credit: AFC)