Honda Slams Japan’s Fired Coach
TOKYO (Dispatches) Japan forward Keisuke Honda has slammed former national team boss Vahid Halilhodzic’s methods as the fallout from his abrupt dismissal as coach continued in the run-up to the World Cup.
The talismanic 31-year-old, who had become a peripheral figure under Halilhodzic, told Japanese broadcaster NHK that he was frustrated at the rigid tactics being deployed by the firebrand Franco-Bosnian.
“I don’t have any regrets (about the change of leadership),” Honda said in a documentary that aired late on Monday.
“To submit myself to the kind of football Halilhodzic played in order to get picked, that would be shameful for me,” sniffed the former AC Milan player. “I’m proud that I’ve stayed true to myself.” Honda, currently playing for Mexico’s Pachuca, shot to fame at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when his goals helped Japan reach the last 16.