Keisuke Honda signs as manager of Cambodia for two years but does not receive a salary

Keisuke Honda has signed as general manager of the national team of Cambodia

Keisuke Honda of Melbourne Victory signs as manager of Cambodia but will work without pay for the duration of the two-year contract

  • Keisuke Honda has signed as general manager of the national team of Cambodia
  • You have been granted a two-year contract that excludes any possibility of payment
  • Former Japan international joined Melbourne Victory earlier this month
  • He is willing to help Cambodian football and promote the country

Afp Reporter

Keisuke Honda signed as general manager of Cambodia's national team on Sunday, in a move that brings high-profile talent to a beloved but struggling team.

The unusual arrangement will see Honda, who signed for the A-League Melbourne Victory team earlier this month and retired from international football in July after Japan's defeat in the World Cup against Belgium, works unpaid for the duration of the two-year contract.

The 32-year-old former AC Milan player told reporters through a translator that he was willing to help Cambodian football and promote the country.

Keisuke Honda has signed as general manager of the national team of Cambodia

Keisuke Honda has signed as general manager of the national team of Cambodia

"I will help Cambodia develop a real game style," he told a news conference in Phnom Penh.

He added that he will speak regularly with the players by videoconference while working on the Australian football season and will spend as much time as possible in Cambodia outside of his current commitments.

"The Cambodian Football Federation is happy that Honda agrees to voluntarily support and help train the Cambodian national team," said the federation's president, Sao Sokha.

FIFA's qualification in Cambodia is at 166 unenviable, but in recent years the team has filled stadiums during home appearances.

The 32-year-old received a two-year contract that excludes any possibility of a salary

The 32-year-old received a two-year contract that excludes any possibility of a salary

The 32-year-old received a two-year contract that excludes any possibility of a salary

The former Japan international joined the A-League Melbourne Victory team earlier this month

The former Japan international joined the A-League Melbourne Victory team earlier this month

The former Japan international joined the A-League Melbourne Victory team earlier this month

He will speak with the players by videoconference while working in the A-League season.

He will speak with the players by videoconference while working in the A-League season.

He will speak with the players by videoconference while working in the A-League season.

He has revealed that he is willing to help Cambodian football and promote the country

He has revealed that he is willing to help Cambodian football and promote the country

He has revealed that he is willing to help Cambodian football and promote the country

Honda is not a newcomer to the country, as it launched a football academy in 2016 in Phnom Penh.

A post on his Instagram account said he had returned to Cambodia to "see and understand the situation in the country" and make a "big announcement."

Cambodia's social networks went on after the news, with fans celebrating the celebrity signing.

"My God, thank you for your kindness, coming here and (helping) to develop our national football team," said one user in response to Honda's Instagram post.

Easily recognizable by his bleached blond hair, Honda emerged as a force in 2010 when he helped propel Japan to the last 16 of the South African World Cup.

He scored 37 times in 98 appearances for his country.

In July, the footballer partnered with Hollywood star Will Smith to launch a venture capital fund to help "people in disadvantaged environments."

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