Tiger street football festival hits Kampong Speu

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The 7th Tiger Street Football Festival 2019 hits Kampong Speu this Sunday with its feast of football searching for the next batch of talented teams for the March grand final.

Last weekend, Takeo hosted the second stop in the 2019 Tiger Street Football Festival with Yeanodthan Samnang (1) scoring a slender 3-2 victory over Daun Keo Sport Club in the provincial final.

The competition began with a bang on January 5 in Sihanoukville. On the final day, six teams made the cut for the grand final including Villar Vedici and Sihanoukville provincial winners Provincial Police Sihanouk (A).

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.

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 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.

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