A four-day “Friendship of Mekong River Senior Football Tournament” between Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam is now underway and scheduled to run from August 4-7, with Siem Reap provincial governor Tea Seiha and Ministry of Tourism secretary of state and spokesman Top Sopheak in attendance at the event, which is being held at Siem Reap Stadium.

The Siem Reap provincial administration said in a Facebook post on August 5 that the tournament had 130 senior footballers from the four nations participating.

The tournament has so far been well-attended with contingents of government officials, civil servants, teachers and students there to cheer on the teams.

The afternoon of August 4 saw matches played by the Siem Reap provincial administration’s team against Thailand with Siem Reap winning 3-0 and the Lao team’s first match was against Vietnam, with Vietnam winning 3-1.

The Facebook post announced that the event was organised to expand the potential of tourism through the tournament and increase international cooperation with countries along the Mekong River by promoting the tourism potential of the Siem Reap-Angkor area, attract visitors as Cambodia is set to host the SEA Games and ASEAN Para Games in 2023.