Keisuke Honda and the Football Federation of Cambodia have released a list of its 23-man squad set to face Timor Leste in an international friendly on October 12.
The match will be Honda’s second since taking on the mantle of Cambodia general manager. In a surprising revelation which shocked football observers around the world, Honda was announced as General Manager of Cambodia in August.
However, due to his lack of coaching licences, the role of the head coach has been taken up by Argentinian Felix Agustín Gonzalez Dalmas with the Melbourne Victory midfielder providing tactical advice in his role as GM. He said he intended to continue turning out as a player in Australia.
The usual suspects have been included in the squad with Boeung Ket’s Chan Vathanaka and Sou Yaty of NagaWorld called-up. Phnom Penh crown youngsters In Sodavid, Sin Kakada, Brak Thiva and Orn Chanpolin have also played their way into the squad and will hope to impress ahead of November’s AFF Suzuki Cup.
Speaking after last month’s defeat to Malaysia – his first match at the helm – Honda said he would endeavour to find better solutions for upcoming AFF Suzuki Cup matches which begin in November. Cambodia find themselves in Group A alongside Myanmar, Malaysia, Laos and Vietnam.
Cambodia start their cup bid with a home game against Malaysia on November 8th in Phnom Penh. The competition will take place between November 8 to December 15 across 10 Southeast Asian nations.
Honda is continuing his playing career with Melbourne Victory teammates in Australia and conducting Cambodian coaching duties via video link with some brief trips to Cambodia.
Honda became Melbourne Victory’s marquee signing for the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season, joining after varying degrees of success with Italian giants AC Milan, Russian club CSKA Moscow, and Mexican outfit Pachucha. He started his career at Nagoya Grampus in 2004.
Tickets for next Friday’s match against Timor Leste are on sale from the Olympic Stadium and are priced at 10,000 riel for category 1 covered seating. 5,000 riel gets spectators general seats.