Honda endures contrasting fortunes as he switches the Victory jersey for the Cambodia dugout

Keisuke Honda might have made an immediate impact in the Hyundai A-League but the Japan star was on the losing side in the dugout on the international stage.

The 32-year-old is managing the Cambodia national team while playing for Melbourne Victory and experiencing contrasting fortunes in the two new exploits.

HEROIC MOMENTS: Hometown hero kick-starts Newcastle's season
PAPER TALK: Seagull saved as Perth prove unstoppable on and off the pitch
THE WHISTLE: Round 4 refereeing and VAR incidents explained

 

Honda has provided three assists and two goals during Victory's first four games, with his latest contribution being the opener in Sunday's 4-1 triumph over Central Coast Mariners.

However, his Cambodia side were on the opposite end of the same scoreline on Monday night (AEDT), going down to Myanmar in Mandalay.

Chan Vathanaka had given Honda's side the advantage in the 23rd minute, and it was a lead they held until Bo Bo Hlaing restored parity on the hour mark. Myanmar seized the initiative and goals from Aung Than Htet (70), Aung Sithu (87) and a second from Bo Bo in stoppage time wrapped up a 4-1 scoreline.

It was a second successive defeat for Cambodia in Group A of the AFF Suzuki Cup, after Honda missed the opening 1-0 loss to Malaysia due to his Hyundai A-League commitments. Their next clash comes against fellow winless side Laos on November 20.

Cambodia sit fourth in the five-team pool. With the top two advancing to the semi finals, Honda's charges will be seeking the result needed to keep themselves in the hunt for a place in the final four.