The first round of matches of the second annual Heng Samrin Cup, an amateur football competition, took place Sunday evening in Phnom Penh’s Olympic Stadium.
Two games from Group A and C took centre-stage on the opening day of matches; in Group A, TN Kandal FC drew against The League of Cambodian Students 1-1. While in Group C, Pisnoka fended off the challenge of Preah Khan Reach, Svay Rieng 3-2.
The competition will this year be contested by 21 teams.
2017 winners Anachek Baitong find themselves in group D and will be keen to record a consecutive cup victory. In last year’s 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.
The competition is scheduled to be completed on October 20 with the grand final.