Futsal action in Kandal!

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Provincial favourites Inter Kampong Cham (KPC) won last weekend’s final. Yuen Punlue

The 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival 2018 continues, as the grand final date in Phnom Penh closely approaches.

Tomorrow, street football fans in Kandal province will be treated to intense futsal action and a fun superstar after-games party with performers and DJs.

Tiger cheerleaders posing in Kampong Cham. Photo: Tiger Beer

The team that qualifies from this provincial round will not only win $1,000 in prize money but also bag a ticket to the March 10 and 11 Sixth Annual Tiger Street Football Festival grand final in Phnom Penh. The team that comes runners-up will win $700. Teams placed third and fourth will win $350 and $150 respectively.

The 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival kicked off on January 20 in Sihanoukville and to date provincial rounds have been held in Kampong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, and Kampong Cham provinces. With a total prize fund of $50,000 up for grabs, the grand final will see winning teams from Sihanoukville, Kampong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, Kampong Cham, Kandal, and Phnom Penh, playing off each other to win the national 6th Annual Tiger Street Football championship.

The national champion receives 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.

Inter Kampong Cham (KPC) now get a berth in the March 10 grand final in Phnom Penh. Photo: Yeun Punlue

Last Sunday, after navigating a lengthy knockout stage, provincial favourites Inter Kampong Cham (KPC) and Sovann Phum Hotel were drawn to meet in the 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.

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.

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