Former Japan international Kei-suke Honda was unveiled as the new general manager of Cambodia’s national soccer team on Aug. 12.
Speaking at a news 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 Cambodian players develop their playing style and also 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, which starts Nov. 8.
Sao Sokha said Honda will be volunteering for the job, and that his two-year term may be extended in order to make sure the Cambodian side is strong enough for the Southeast Asian Games that Cambodia will host in 2023.
In 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. (Kyodo)