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Dani Kouch (second left) and Khong Dinh Hung (second right) are congratualted by Deco (centre) on Saturday with places in the Tiger Street Football Star Team
Dani Kouch (second left) and Khong Dinh Hung (second right) are congratualted by Deco (centre) on Saturday with places in the Tiger Street Football Star Team. Sreng Meng Srun

Streetwise sides set pace

The first round of the three-leg 2014 Tiger Street Football international tour concluded at Wat Botum park on Saturday, with local side Daniel FC and Vietnamese prospects Dat Vinh Tien seizing the initiative with three wins out of three.

Dat Vinh Tien were by far the most prolific, netting 35 goals and conceding just seven, while Daniel FC scored 11 times and let in five.

With three points for a victory, the two unbeaten teams hold a five-point advantage over the six other opponents – Latin Lovers of Australia (on four points), MNS of Mongolia (4), MNA of Singapore (3), Blue Wolves of Mongolia (3), Touch n Go of Singapore (1) and Anachak Baitong of Cambodia (1) – going into the next round in the Mongolian capital of Ulaan Baatar on August 23.

The final round is slated for Singapore on September 6, where a grand prize of $40,000 is at stake.

A special showcase match in the Lion City will see former Chelsea and Barcelona midfielder Deco, along with some of his former Portuguese national team colleagues, take on a squad of the six best players from the Tiger tour selected by Deco.

Two players face off during their Tiger Street Football match at Wat Botum park on Saturda
Two players face off during their Tiger Street Football match at Wat Botum park on Saturday. The series now heads to Mongolia before ending in Singapore. Sreng Meng Srun

Daniel FC’s Dani Kouch, who has previously played for both the French U21 side and the Cambodian national team, and Dat Ving Tien’s Khong Dinh Hung were Deco’s choices as the two outstanding performers at Wat Botum and will be joined by two more from each of the other two destinations.

“I am trying to select players with the best abilities to form a Star Team so I am looking for different skills and strengths. Tonight I selected from a Cambodian team and a Vietnamese team, but I still want to find key players from each country to make it truly international just like the Tiger Street Football tournament,” TSF ambassador Deco was quoted as saying in a press release yesterday.

“Also I would like to add that the energy from all of the teams and the enthusiastic Cambodian fans that supported us [on Saturday] was an excellent start to the tournament and created a great feeling that I think will continue during the next two international rounds.”

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