The 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival provided intense action in the historic city of Siem Reap at the weekend, with teams competing for a berth in next months’ grand final.
After navigating a tricky knockout stage, Next Step FC met Siem Reap FC, grand finalists at last years’ competition, in yesterday’s provincial final.
Whittled down from a record 112 teams, Next Step came out on top in a close contest against their rivals. In a final full of attacking flair, Next Step seized a 3-2 victory to claim the provincial prize of $1,500 and a ticket to the March grand final in Phnom Penh.
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 Khemarek Sereymon, Ouk Sokunkanha and DJ Maily took to the stage to entertain the Siem Reap crowds 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, Battambang and Siem Reap, the tournament now heads to Poipet next weekend for the fifth part of its impressive 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 next month.
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 last year’s Tiger Street Football Festival, beating Siem Reap FC 2-1 in the grand final, picking up $15,000 for their exertions.