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Tickets selling out fast as Honda readies debut

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Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda make his bow as Cambodian General Manager on Monday. KT / Yeun Punlue

The Cambodian Football Federation has announced Category 1 tickets for the kingdom’s match with Malaysia on Monday evening are sold out.

The international friendly match will see Japanese midfielder Keisuke Honda make his bow as Cambodian General Manager with fans eager to witness what they hope could be a turning point in Cambodia’s recent football history.

Honda continues to impress the importance of hard-work during his training sessions with the national team and has made clear to fans and reporters his Cambodia project is serious.

“I want to contribute my experience to the Cambodian national team,” the former Samurai Blue international told reporters earlier this week. “My mission is to change Cambodian football. But of course it’s not easy and it will be a difficult game as Malaysia is a very good country, it’s very strong,” he added.

Earlier this week, Honda released his 23-man squad for Monday’s match. There were plenty of surprises as the Japanese midfielder surprised with the exclusion of players Khuon Laboravy, and keeper Um Sereirath, while star players Chan Vathanaka and Rous Samoeun were made unavailable through injury.

“I feel good and excited about this project, said Honda. “I want to give my experience to Cambodian football. Of course, this is just the beginning. We find talented people here,” he said standing alongside coach Argentinian Felix Agustín Gonzalez Dalmas.

Widely recognised as among the best Asian players in history and has an impressive record in the blue shirt of Japan. He earned over 90 international caps since 2008, played at the 2010, 2014, and 2018 FIFA World Cup, and won the 2011 AFC Asian Cup, where he was voted Player of the Tournament. He confirmed his retirement from international football following Japan’s elimination by Belgium at the 2018 Russia World Cup last month.

Uncovered category 2 tickets for the match are still on sale from the Olympic Stadium and are priced at 5,000 riel.

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