Keisuke Honda, who signed a two-year contract to coach Cambodia's national soccer team without pay, speaks during a news conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Sunday. Photo: REUTERS/Samrang Pring
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Honda says he is preparing Cambodian soccer for the future

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By SOPHENG CHEANG

Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda, recently named general manager of Cambodia's national team, said Sunday he will concentrate on building up its players for the future.

Honda spoke at a press conference a day ahead of a scheduled friendly match against Malaysia. It will be the 166th-ranked Cambodian team's first contest since he agreed last month to helm the team, when he also signed a contract to play with the Australian club Melbourne Victory.

"It's going to be a very tough game but I am sure we will do our best," he said.

The 32-year-old Honda has taken on what amounts to a part-time coaching role in Cambodia, and has said he has no contract or pay for what is supposed to be a two-year stint. He already has an attachment to the Southeast Asian country, having launched his soccer academy school there.

Honda said he and Cambodia's football association have talked about "how we make Cambodian players grow up for the future," so he is focusing on how he can raise them to "a good level." He said he was confident because "they have huge potential."

"We have trained a very good lot the last couple of days," he said. "I already found a lot of good players and experienced players and young players."

He asked the team's fans to be patient about its progress.

"We are just beginning our project so I want you to stay calm about the new system, new performers, we are just developing it day by day," he said. "That I already told all the players and all players understood about it."

Team captain Khouch Sokompheak, also at the press conference, vowed that "I will do what I can for tomorrow's game" and follow Honda's instructions.

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Actually it was just a friendly but what would you expect? They are a terrible team to begin with and combine that with a coach that has no coaching experience.

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Oops! Looks like he lost them their first big game.

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gaijinkurd: "It is too bad he doesn't use his expertise and concentrate on helping football here in Japan grow and become better. "

The guy couldn't help his team progress very far as a player, how's he going to do that as a coach? It's quite easy for even an amateur, on the other hand, to take a team from near zero to a step up. That's why.

drlucifer: "Used to like Honda unfortunately the attention from the J-media made

him to be so full of himself. Even at the twilight of his career and more or less a

journey man he still doesn't know he could use some humility."

Exactly. His arrogance beyond his ability is what ultimately made him unable to be as successful as he could. He felt entitled to everything, without earning it, and railed as his teammates went to Europe, and spat on the Russian team that gave him a chance. Then when he got his way, he was benched in Italy because he was no good, and he complained it was unfair, so naturally his relationship with the coach and team worsened. Of course the defenders pitied him and said it was not his fault, he was being treated unfairly, etc.

Now the guy wants to be in the 2020 Olympics and ruin it for Japan.

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Used to like Honda unfortunately the attention from the J-media made

him to be so full of himself. Even at the twilight of his career and more or less a

journey man he still doesn't know he could use some humility.

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Key sentence is here:

He already has an attachment to the Southeast Asian country, having launched his soccer academy school there.

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It is too bad he doesn't use his expertise and concentrate on helping football here in Japan grow and become better. The up and coming players young kids could use someone like him and so could the minor leagues like JFL or J3.

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