Soccer: Honda announces departure from Brazilian club Botafogo

Veteran former Japan midfielder Keisuke Honda announced on social media Wednesday he will leave Brazilian first-division side Botafogo. In a message posted in Portuguese to his Twitter account, the 34-year-old Honda thanked his teammates and fans of the Rio de Janeiro club, who he joined in a move from Dutch side Vitesse early in the year. He also apologized for the club’s lack of success since he arrived to great fanfare in February. Historically one of Brazil’s strongest clubs, Botafogo are currently facing relegation, sitting second last in the 20-team first division. “I made the decision f…

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