Top football teams from Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia will battle each other in an international friendly tournament in Siem Reap province two weeks from now.
Bouy Dary, the manager of Siem Reap United (SRU) football club and SRU stadium, said Siem Reap Super Asia Cup will feature Angkor Tigers FC and Visakha FC of Cambodia, Petaling Jaya FC of Malaysia and Bhayangkara FC of Indonesia.
The tournament will be held at the SRU stadium in Siem Reap city from Jan 23 to 26. Games will played starting at 4pm.
Dary said the tournament will serve as part of their preparations to host much-larger local and international football events in the future.
“This is a new stadium. We want to test it for larger events that are coming,” he stressed.
The SRU stadium, which can seat more than 5,000 spectators, will later host Angkor Tiger FC and Soltilo Angkor FC. It is also expected to host pre-season matches involving teams from Australia and other countries. The newly-built facility is considered to be among the best stadiums in Siem Reap.
Dary said they have prepared to make this tournament special. “We are really proud to host this international event. I hope the audience will enjoy the game,” he said, noting that Siem Reap is among the provinces in the Kingdom where football has a very large following.
Based in Siem Reap, Angkor Tiger FC plays and is among the top five teams in the Cambodia League, the top football league in the Kingdom. The team boasts of such notable player as midfielder Chhong Bunnath, who also plays for the Cambodia under-23 National Football Team. Also with the team is Japanese midfielder Yudai Ogawa.
The Phnom Penh-based Visakha FC, meanwhile, is also among the top teams in the Cambodia League. Forward Keo Sokpheng, midfielder Sin Kakada and goalkeeper Keo Soksela, who have carried the nation’s colours in recent international football tournaments, are among its top players.
Bhayangkara FC is a professional football club based in the Indonesian province of Lamping. The club competes in Liga 1, the top football league in Indonesia. The club comprised of local players and some foreigners, including several professional football players from Brazil.
Founded in 2004, Petaling Jaya City FC competes in the Malaysian Super League, where it ranked 8th last season. The club is a mixture of local and foreign players.
For the two foreign teams, the matches will serve as part of their preparations for the upcoming 2020 Season of their respective leagues, according to reports in the Indonesian media.
Based on the tournament schedule, the first game will feature Angkor Tiger FC versus Petaling Jaya City FC. The following day, Visakha FC will face Bhayangkara FC.
The winners will face-off in a championship game scheduled on Jan 26, while the losers will battle it out for third place on Jan 25.
The tournament is collaboration between SRU FC and two Malaysian sports-related companies- BolaBros and Kaki Jersey.
In Nov 18 last year, SRU FC signed a memorandum of understanding with the BolaBros and Kaki Jersey that will see them work together, not only for business, but also in developing football and tourism in Cambodia.