The 6th annual Tiger Street Football Festival provided breathless action yesterday in Kampong Speu with 35 teams coming from around the province to test their skills in a specially constructed futsal cage.
It was ABA who came out on top in a close contest against their rivals Vitou MK in the final. Locked at 2-2 with seconds to go, a quick breakaway saw ABA catch their opponents napping to grab a 3-2 victory.
They claimed the provincial prize of $1,000 and a ticket to the March grand final in Phnom Penh.
After navigating a competitive knockout stage, ABA met Vitou MK in yesterday’s provincial final. It was ABA’s day as they sealed their berth for the Phnom Penh final and a prize of $1,000.
The runners-up received $700, while third place garnered a $350 prize.
After celebrations were over and prizes had been dished out, renowned musicians including Ouk Sokunkanha, Khemarak Sereymon and DJ Maily took to the stage to entertain the Kampong Speu throng into the evening.
With a total prize fund of $50,000 up for grabs, next up are teams from Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, Kampong Cham and Kandal, all vying for a berth in the grand final in March.
After taking in Sihanoukville and Kamong Speu, the tournament now heads to Battambang next weekend for the third part of its spectacular football roadshow.
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 winner’s 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 in the kingdom.
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.
After negotiating a difficult qualification stage, Victory Youth were the winners of the last year’s Tiger Street Football Festival, beating Siem Reap FC 2-1 in the grand final, picking up $15,000 for their trouble.