Anachek Baitong FC celebrated a win on Sunday evening in the amateur Heng Samrin Cup with a defeat of the Cambodian Muslim Youth Alliance 2-1 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, said he was satisfied with the outcome of the championship because the youngsters were unprepared physically for the competition.
Through this result, he vowed to promote the development of the team, especially aiming to get talented youngsters experience at professional teams to compete in the top Cambodian leagues.
“In fact, Cambodian-Muslim people, from the past, are very interested in sports and I hope in the future young Muslims will be able to have a professional level club,” said Hasann.
“I think maybe it’s not long before, maybe in the next two or three years, the Muslim youth will be stronger and more experienced, so we will choose from the provinces to form a professional team.”