As the grand final of the 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival closes in, there were plenty for fans to shout about in Kampong Cham as it played host to the sixth part of Tiger’s captivating futsal roadshow.
At the start of play on Saturday morning, an impressive turnout saw teams competing for qualification for next months’ grand final in Phnom Penh.
After navigating a lengthy knockout stage, provincial favourites Inter Kampong Cham (KPC) and Sovann Phum Hotel were drawn to meet in yesterday’s provincial final. However, if fans expected a balanced final they were to be disappointed. It was all one-way traffic as Inter KPC – in no mood for niceties – thrashed their opponents 6-1 to claim the top prize.
At the full-time whistle, a prize of $1,500 and a tickets to next month’s grand final in Phnom Penh were dished out. The runners-up received $1,000, while third place were handed a $500 prize.
After celebrations were over and prizes had been dished out, renowned musicians including Ouk Sokunkanha and DJ Maly took to the stage to entertain the throng into the evening.
After taking in Sihanoukville, Kampong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, and now Kampong Cham, the tournament heads to Kandal next Sunday for the seventh part of its festival of football. Ex-Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, the most decorated footballer in history, is set to visit Cambodia for the grand final and teams will be vying for a chance to share a futsal cage with the Welsh wing wizard.
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.
The Kampong Cham leg of the competition saw a rush in team registration, with the over 65 entrants condensed into just two-days of competition. The number was an improvement on last year’s figure of 52 as organisers applauded hunger for futsal among the provincial youngsters.
Representatives from Tiger Beer, speaking during Friday’s press conference, urged the teams in Kampong Cham to strive to win the 2018 national final next month – a feat that would give a boost to the province.
The national champion can expect to receive a cash prize of $15,000, the first runner up $5,000, the second runner up $2,500 and the third runner up $1,000.
With the grand final line-up now almost complete, fans will find out very soon who will be lifting aloft the 2018 Tiger Street Football trophy.