LOCAL amateur football clubs Chamcar Nonong and Flying Motor Shop booked their places in the semifinals of the 2010 Football For All tournament after beating Funan FC and KCT FC respectively in quarterfinals over the weekend. The annual competition is organised by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and began on December 5 with 32 non-professional teams divided into eight groups of four.
Chamcar Nonong, winners of group C, defeated group D runners-up Kanan Phnom Penh, in the last 16 round before winning over Funan FC 4-3 in their quarterfinal Sunday. Funan FC, beaten finalists in the inaugural tournament in 2008, finished top of group A and pushed past ACLEDA Bank 4-1 in the knockout round.
Meanwhile, reigning champions Flying Motor Shop upset newcomers KCT FC 3-1 in their quarterfinal Sunday. Flying Motor Shop, runners-up in group C, thrashed group D winners Cambodiana 3-0 in their last 16 match. KCT reached the quarterfinals having finished first in group B and going on to beat Bayon Wanderers 5-3 in the next round.
According to Tuy Bun Hoeun, technical director at the department of Physical Education and Sports, a congested schedule of 2010 Samdech Hun Sen Cup games at Olympic Stadium have pushed back the other two quarterfinals, featuring Senate Team against last year’s third place finishers Sovatepheap Gaz and Phnom Penh Computer versus Phoumin Khmer, until February 13.
The winning championship team will collect 1.2 million riels (US$290) in prize money, while the runners up will receive 800,000 riels and 400,000 riels going to third.