For those out of the loop, Keisuke Honda is currently on the books at Melbourne Victory as well as juggling a part-time second job as manager of the Cambodian national team.
The Japan international signed with Victory last August but has seen his involvement limited by injury to the extent that, with a return to action anticipated this weekend, the club felt it necessary to re-introduce the 32-year-old midfielder to the national press.
Unfortunately, while speaking of his excitement to be involved in the cut and thrust again, Honda’s English pronunciation let him down at a key moment, leading to a sea of raised eyebrows out in the media pit.
Thankfully, Victory coach Kevin Muscat was on hand to make the goal-line save and clear up the confusion…
Discussing his injuries, Honda said: “I have to take care of myself. It’s bad but it’s real. It’s *fact*” – though it’s fairly clear what everybody else present thought the 32-year-old had just exclaimed!
Doesn’t help that we’re talking about a room full of people with Australian accents here, too.
For the record, Honda soon laughed the incident off and promised to do better next time…
I will study English harder… anyway thank you FOX sports for a great opportunity to improve my English.
— KeisukeHonda(本田圭佑) (@kskgroup2017) 8 February 2019
Don’t worry Keisuke, everybody facts it up completely at some point or other.