The Tiger Street Football Festival 2019 enters its final weekend as the competition entertains fans in the Grand Final in Phnom Penh of the annual football showpiece.
64 top teams will join the final tournament beginning tomorrow with only the very best of the best teams competing for supremacy in front of Koh Pich Theater.
The festival has traversed the length and breadth of the kingdom of Cambodia, taking in Sihanoukville, Takeo, Kompong Speu, Battambang, Siem Reap, Poipet, Kompong Cham, Kandal, and very soon – Phnom Penh.
Unfortunately for fans, Tiger Beer announced the postponement of the arrival of Tiger Street Football Festival 2019 ambassador Ronaldinho who was expected to light up the final weekend.
“As the assigned brand ambassador of TSFF 2019, we share the disappointment with all of Cambodian local football fans on the postponement of the arrival of Ronaldinho in Cambodia, due to unforeseen circumstances, said a spokesman. “The ongoing procedure to obtain the release of the passport of Ronaldinho has regrettably suffered delays which results in his incapacity to leave Brazil and fulfil his commitment to attending 2019 Tiger Street Football Festival Grand final in Cambodia.
“Ronaldinho loves his Khmer fans and really looking forward to seeing them. He is grateful and honoured to be the Brand Ambassador and wants to be part of the event to inspire the up-coming football talents in Cambodia. To show his profound appreciation, Ronaldinho promised to invite the winning team of the Tiger Street Football 2019 to visit him in Brazil. And also send his signed postcards and Tiger Football T-shirts for the fans in Cambodia. And this limited items will be used for the digital promotion on Tiger Facebook page after the Grand Final.”
“Ronaldinho also promised that as soon as all the issues are resolved, he will visit Cambodia. Tiger Beer will keep Ronaldinho’s fans posted and will announce the final dates of his visit,” it added.
Despite the setback, Tiger promised to continue and support the 64 Top Teams competing for supremacy at the Grand Finals.
The festival has also boasted cheer dancing, games booths, supporter booth-face painting & props/banners to support their favourite team, special promotions of Tiger Beer, and a bigger live concert, featuring popular singers such as Preap Sovath, Chorn Sovanreach, Aok Sokunkanha, Pich Sophea, Sokun Nisa, and many more.
For the upcoming leg, the Tiger Crystal dome party will feature performances from Kmeng Khmer, Aok Sokunkanha, Mustache Band, Laura Mom, Pich Sophea, and dancers from NRT and 4Nik, endless music and entertainment all night.
The concert will be broadcast live from 8pm on Reasmey Hang Meas HD TV 15th, 16th, and 17th as well as on the official Tiger Facebook page. The grand final football will also be broadcast live via Reasmey Hang Meas HD TV between 4pm-6pm on 15th and 17th.
Unlike traditional football, futsal and other street football formats, Tiger Street Football features a unique, customised oval caged pitch. The cutting-edge platform features a high energy continuous state of play, guaranteed to thrill the crowd throughout the two fast-paced six-minute halves in each match.
Organised by Tiger Beer, it seeks to connect with youths in Cambodia and extend its footprint towards developing football in the kingdom. It serves as a platform for talented players, aspiring footballers and anyone with a passion for the game to showcase their talent, and learn from good players.
The 7th edition of the football festival is already the biggest ever with over 600 teams estimated to the qualifying rounds.