The 7th Tiger Street Football festival 2019 rolls into Takeo this weekend with its feast of football searching for the next batch of talented teams for the March grand final.
The qualifying tournaments cover nine cities including, Sihanoukville, Takeo, Kompong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, Kompong Cham, Kandal and Phnom Penh.
64 top teams will be joining the final tournament with only the very best of the best teams competing for supremacy at the grand finals in Phnom Penh in front of Koh Pich Theater on 16th and 17th of March.
The competition began with a bang last weekend in Sihanoukville as 54 teams tested their skills in a specially constructed cage, with 30 teams eliminated after a tense first day. By Sunday a further 24 teams were whittled down to six teams making the cut for the grand final including Villar Vedici and Sihanoukville provincial winners Provincial Police Sihanouk (A).
At last year’s competition, and after traversing the length and breadth of the kingdom taking in Sihanoukville, Kampong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, Kampong Cham, and Kandal. Anachak Baitong landed the championship trophy, with ex-Manchester United legend and Tiger Beer brand ambassador Ryan Giggs in attendance.
After navigating the knockout stage, Phnom Penh-based Anachak Baitong were drawn to meet Sihanoukville’s Preah Sihanouk Police Department in the grand final. A tense final saw Anachak Baitong take the championship trophy with a slender 2-1 win over their unlucky opponents.
The winners were handed a cheque for $15,000 by Hun Many, CPP lawmaker for Kampong Speu province and president of the Union of Youth Federations of Cambodia. As first runners-up Preah Sihanouk Police Department were awarded $5,000, while 3G FC – the second runners up received $2,500. Third placed Tuol Ta Ek garnered $1,000.
The festival also boasts cheer dancing, games booths, supporter booth-face painting and props/banners to support the teams, special promotions of Tiger Beer, and a live concert, featuring popular singers such as Preap Sovath, Khemarak Sereymon, Chorn Sovanreach, Aok Sokunkanha, Pich Sophea, and Sokun Nisa.
The festival is organised by Tiger Beer to connect with youths in Cambodia and extend its footprint towards developing football in the kingdom. Organisers have revealed they are set to bring Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho to Phnom Penh for the grand final.