Cambodia coach joins Dutch side

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Honda also coaches the Cambodian national team. AFP

Former Japan international Keisuke Honda, the coach of Cambodia’s national football team, has joined Vitesse Arnhem on a deal until the end of the season, the Dutch club announced on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old last played for Melbourne Victory in Australia but left in June. In September, he made a plea on Twitter for either Manchester United or AC Milan to sign him, tagging the two clubs in a post saying “give me an offer”.

Instead, he will move back to the Netherlands, where he played for VVV-Venlo from 2008-2009.

Vitesse, who sit fifth in the Dutch Eredivisie, said Honda was waiting for a work permit but should join the squad after the international break, during which his Cambodia side visit Hong Kong on November 19.

Honda scored 37 goals in 98 appearances for Japan before retiring from international football after the 2018 World Cup, when he became the first Japanese player to score in three different editions of football’s showpiece event.

He has also played for CSKA Moscow and AC Milan.