Keisuke Honda could play his first Melbourne Victory match against APIA Leichhardt in the FFA Cup.Keisuke Honda could be set to make his first appearance in Melbourne Victory colours in an FFA Cup match in suburban Sydney.
The defending A-League champions have drawn former National Soccer League champions APIA Leichhardt Tigers in the knockout tournament’s round of 16.
Japanese superstar Honda, who signed a marquee deal with Victory this week, is due to arrive in Melbourne next week to begin training with his new teammates.
The next round of FFA Cup matches will be held on two nights over two weeks in late August.
Presuming he is in good enough condition and ready to play his first minutes since Japan’s World Cup exit, it could be the perfect setting for Honda to make his official debut for Victory.
If he does, the 32-year-old will likely line up against Tigers forward and compatriot Tasuku Sekiya, who is regarded as one of the most exciting players in the NSW NPL.
APIA Leichhardt, who won the NSL in 1987, defeated Port Melbourne 1-0 in their round-of-32 clash while Victory beat Perth Glory 1-0 on Tuesday night.
Meanwhile, Steve Corica is set for a homecoming match in far north Queensland after Sydney FC were drawn to face Cairns FC.
New Sky Blues coach Corica was born and raised in Innisfail, just south of Cairns, while his nephew Harry plays for the NPL Queensland outfit.
Western Sydney will meet neighbours Bonnyrigg White Eagles, Adelaide United will travel to Brisbane for their clash with Lions FC, and Melbourne City will host A-League rivals Newcastle.
Bentleigh Greens will be looking to back up their upset 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix when they head to Newcastle for their meeting with Broadmeadow Magic
FFA CUP ROUND OF 16 DRAW
* Melbourne City v Newcastle Jets
* Avondale FC (VIC) v Devonport Strikers (TAS)
* Adelaide Comets (SA) v Heidelberg United (VIC)
* Broadmeadow Magic (NNSW) v Bentleigh Greens (VIC)
* APIA Leichhardt Tigers (NSW) v Melbourne Victory
* Lions FC (QLD) v Adelaide United
* Cairns FC (QLD) v Sydney FC
* Bonnyrigg White Eagles (NSW) v Western Sydney Wanderers