As the grand final of the 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival now just days away, fans witnessed perhaps the most exciting provincial final of the competition so far as Riverside Park in Takhmao, Kandal played host to the seventh part of Tiger’s enthralling futsal roadshow.
At the start of play on Sunday morning, an impressive turnout saw teams competing for qualification for the grand final in Phnom Penh next weekend.
After traversing a tricky knockout stage, Kou Samout and Doem Mean were drawn to meet in yesterday’s provincial final.
With full-time unable to separate the pair and the score tied at 2-2, the match headed to sudden death and the dreaded lottery of the golden goal. And so, just moments into extra-time, a screamer from just inside the half-way line found the back of the net to claim the winning goal for Kou Samout.
At the full-time whistle, a prize of $1,000 and tickets to the grand final in Phnom Penh were dished out. The runners-up received $700, while third place were handed a cheque for $350.
With celebrations over and prizes dished out, renowned musicians including Ouk Sokunkanha and DJ Maily took to the stage to entertain the throng into the evening.
After taking in Sihanoukville, Kampong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, Kampong Cham, and now Kandal, the tournament makes its way to the capital for the final part of its festival of football.
Ex-Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs, the most decorated footballer in history, is set to visit Cambodia in the coming days 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 Kandal leg of the competition saw 32 entrants with organisers allotting three slots for the grand final to qualifying teams.
Representatives from Tiger Beer, speaking during Saturday’s press conference, urged fans to get involved in the futsal festivities.
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 provincial rounds complete, the festival now heads to the capital for its biggest event yet as fans wait to see who will be crowned 2018 champions.