Keisuke Honda joins Lithuanian club
The great Japanese football player and general manager of the Cambodian national football team, Keisuke Honda, joins a club in Lithuania.
Japanese media reported yesterday that the 35-year-old midfielder was successfully recruited by top-flight A Lyga club FK Suduva.
Honda later confirmed on its YouTube channel that it was indeed moving to Lithuania, a small Baltic state and former Soviet republic that borders Latvia, Russia, Belarus and Poland.
The reports mentioned the duration and other details of his contract with FK Suduva.
Images published in Lithuanian media showed Honda holding an FK Suduva jersey with a representative of one of the Baltic nation’s top football clubs.
Honda has been without a team since leaving Neftci PFK in Azerbaijan three months ago.
Honda ‘rediscovered’ his old form and helped Neftci PFK to the Azerbaijani Premier League title this year. But his contract with the club, which only went until the end of the 2021 season, was not renewed.
FK Suduva will be Honda’s 11th team, which has also worked with Nagoya Grampus Eight in Japan, Botafogo FC in Brazil, Portimonense SC in Portugal, Vitesse Arnhem and VVV-Venlo in the Netherlands, CSKA Moscow in Russia, AC Milan in Italy, CF Pachuca in Mexico and Melbourne Victory in Australia.
There is still strong interest in Honda among clubs in many parts of the world, despite the former Japan international being already past his prime. Selangor FC actively pursued Honda for months, but failed to bring it to Malaysia.
Honda is considered one of the best Japanese footballers.
Honda was also named Player of the 2011 Asian Cup Tournament and is one of the very few players to score on all five continents.
Earlier this year, Honda agreed to lead the Cambodian national soccer team for another three years until 2023. It also has a youth soccer academy in Phnom Penh and Soltilo Angkor FC, a team based in Siem Reap playing in the Cambodian League.
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