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PCO claim Battambang crown

Ismail Vorajee / Khmer Times Share:
PCO scored a narrow victory in Battambang yesterday. KT/Yeun Punlue

The 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival provided intense futsal action in Battambang at the weekend with 79 teams testing their skills in a specially constructed futsal cage.

PCO came out on top in a close contest against their rivals FC Crown in yesterday’s final.

In a final devoid of goals, locked at 0-0, and into extra-time, a quick breakaway saw PCO seize on a failed FC Crown attack to smash the winning goal from a yard inside the half-way line.

With the 1-0 victory, 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, PCO met FC Crown A in yesterday’s provincial final. It was PCO’s day as they sealed their spot for the Phnom Penh final and a prize of $1,500.

The runners-up received $1,000, while third place garnered a $500 prize.

After celebrations were over and prizes had been dished out, renowned musicians including Pich Sophea, G-Davith and DJ Maily took to the stage to entertain the Battambang throng into the evening.

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

After taking in Sihanoukville, Kampong Speu and Battambang, the tournament now heads to Siem Reap next weekend for its biggest event yet and the fourth 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 winners of last year’s Tiger Street Football Festival, beating Siem Reap FC 2-1 in the grand final and picking up $15,000 for their exertions.

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