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Tiger Football Festival wows Sihanoukville crowds

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Hurricane FC celebrate after winning the final in Sihanoukville. KT / Yeun Punlue

The 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival wowed attendees at the weekend on Ochheuteal beach, Sihanoukville.

Kicking off on Saturday, 54 teams tested their skills in a specially constructed cage, with Hurricane FC taking top honours in a close contest against their rivals in the final match. They claimed the provincial prize of $1,500 and a ticket to the March grand final in Phnom Penh.

After navigating a competitive knockout stage Hurricane FC and Preah Sihanouk Provincial Police Commissary met in Sunday’s provincial final with a single goal sealing the 1-0 win, the Hurricanes’ berth in the Phnom Penh final, and a prize of $1,500. The Police side received $1,000, while Nazora Sport Club were handed a $500 prize.

With a total prize fund of $50,000 up for grabs, next up are teams from Kampong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, Kampong Cham, and Kandal, all vying for a berth in the grand final in March.

After celebrations were over and prizes had been dished out, musicians including Ouk Sokunkanha, Chhorn Sovanreach and DJ Maily entertained the throngs into the evening.

The tournament next heads to Kampong Speu next Sunday for the second part of its spectacular football rodshow.

Ex-Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs is set to visit Cambodia for the March grand final and teams will be vying for a chance to share a futsal cage with the Welsh legend.

Giggs, the most decorated player in football history, is a winner of 13 Premier League winner’s medals, four FA Cup winner’s medals, three League Cup winner’s medals, two UEFA Champions League winner’s medals, a FIFA Club World Cup winners medal, an Intercontinental Cup winner’s medal, a UEFA Super Cup winner’s medal and nine FA Community Shield winner’s medals.

In recent weeks, he has been tasked with reviving the fortunes of the Wales national football team but, thanks to Tiger Beer, has been able to take some time away from his busy schedule to meet his Cambodian fans ahead of the grand final in Phnom Penh in March.

Tiger Street Football Festival 2018 is organised by Tiger Beer to connect with youths in Cambodia and extend its footprint towards developing football.

It also serves as a platform for talented players, aspiring footballers and anyone with a passion for the game to showcase their talent, exchange pointers, and learn from good players.

Victory Youth were winners of the 2017 Tiger Street Football Festival, beating Siem Reap FC 2-1 in the grand final, picking up $15,000 for their exertions.

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