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Soccer: Japanese superstar Honda joins Cambodia soccer team as GM

Football player Keisuke Honda of Japan, left, shakes hands with Sao Sokha, president of the Football Federation of Cambodia, in Phnom Penh, on Aug. 12, 2018. (NNA/Kyodo)

PHNOM PEHN (Kyodo) -- Former Japan international Keisuke Honda was on Sunday unveiled as the new general manager of Cambodia's national soccer team.

Speaking at a press conference in the capital Phnom Penh, Honda said he signed a two-year contract and will also serve as a coach.

The 32-year-old said his mission is to help the Cambodian players develop their own style of play and also to help promote tourism to the country.

Honda, who recently signed with Australian club Melbourne Victory, said he would mainly contribute to the Cambodia team in an online capacity due to his contractual obligations elsewhere.

Sao Sokha, president of the Football Federation of Cambodia, said he hoped Honda's presence will prove beneficial during the ASEAN Football Federation's Suzuki Cup, the region's most prestigious soccer competition, starting Nov. 8.

Sao Sokha said Honda will be volunteering for the job, and that his two-year term may be extended in order that the Cambodian side is strong enough for the Southeast Asian Games Cambodia will host in 2023.

In late 2016, Honda opened a youth soccer academy in Phnom Penh.

Brazilian Leonardo Vitorino stepped down as head coach of the Cambodian national team in October last year.

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