Groups were drawn yesterday morning for the second annual Heng Samrin Cup, an amateur football competition which this year will be contested by 21 teams. The first round of matches are set to be played on August 26.
2017 winners Anachek Baitong find themselves in group D and will be keen to record a consecutive cup victory. In last years final, Anachek Baitong celebrated a win with a 2-1 defeat of the Cambodian Muslim Youth Alliance in the final at the National Stadium.
The victors secured a narrow win and a $6,000 cheque in the knockout competition, with the runners-up rewarded with $5,000.
Despite losing in the final, Osann Hasann, a secretary of state at the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training and a leader of the Muslim Youth League group, had said he was satisfied with the outcome of the championship because the youngsters were unprepared physically for the competition.
The cup seeks to promote the development of Cambodian football, especially aiming to get talented youngsters experience at professional teams to compete in the top Cambodian leagues.