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Tiger Street Football Festival roars through Takeo

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May Tola of the Football Federation of Cambodia lauded the Tiger Street Football Festival.

Takeo hosted the second stop in the 2019 Tiger Street Football Festival with 32 teams contesting a hectic schedule of games yesterday for just four slots in the March grand final in Phnom Penh.

In yesterday evening’s action-packed final, Yeanodthan Samnang (1) score a slender 3-2 victory over Daun Keo Sport Club. CTB Group (B) claimed third place beating out Phumi Snao who settled for fourth.

First place garnered a prize of $1,000, while second received $700. Third-place attracted a $350 prize.

The festival also boasted cheer dancing, games booths, supporter booth-face painting and props/banners to support their favourite team, and a live concert. Musicians entertaining the throng yesterday evening included a lineup replete with popular singers including Preap Sovath, Aok Sokunkanha, and DJ Mally.

The 2019 Tiger Street Football Festival is the biggest ever.

This year’s competition kicked off on January 5 at Ochheuteal beach in Sihanoukville, where 54 teams registered to test their skills in a specially constructed cage. By the second day, 54 teams were whittled down to just six teams making the cut for the March grand final in Phnom Penh. Provincial Police Sihanouk (A) walked away with the provincial prize while Villar Vedici took home a runners-up berth.

Unlike traditional football, futsal and other street football formats, Tiger Street Football features a unique, customised oval caged pitch.

The cutting-edge platform takes street football to a whole new level as it features a high energy continuous state of play, guaranteed to thrill the crowd throughout the two fast-paced six-minute halves in each match.

Speaking during Saturday’s draw, May Tola, Deputy Secretary General of the Football Federation of Cambodia, said the Tiger Street Football Festival was an event that brought together youth to show their ability and to entertain fans of the beautiful game. To promote strength, respect, and friendship.

Tiger Street Football Festival also serves as a platform for talented players, aspiring footballers and anyone with a passion for the game to showcase their talent, exchange pointers, and learn from good players.

The 7th edition of the football festival is to be the biggest ever with over 600 teams joining the qualifying tournaments. 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, the 6th Annual Tiger Street Football Festival saw Anachak Baitong land the championship trophy – and with ex-Manchester United legend and Tiger Beer brand ambassador Ryan Giggs in attendance.

Tiger Street Football features a unique, oval caged pitch.

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 claiming a narrow 2-1 win over their unlucky opponents. An early goal put them on their way before they doubled their lead with a superbly executed second. Preah Sihanouk pulled a goal back but it was ultimately not enough as Anachak Baitong claimed this year’s grand prize.

The festival next travels to Kampong Speu province where teams from Kampong Speu, Prey Veng and Svay Rieng will contest its third regional event on January 19.

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