Tiger Street Football: 'Street Madness' in Cambodia

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A crowd of 3,000 gathered at the Wat Botum Park in Phnom Penh for the second and final day of the first installment of the Tiger Street Football tournament of 2013. 

The competition was won by the Street Madness, the Dutch representative, that prevailed in the final against local favorites, Green Youth. The Oranje deservedly came out as 3-1 victors against the very determined home side after a hardly fought match.

Green Youth, who were runners-up in the domestic tournament as well, had qualified for the final after defeating the German representative 3-1 in what was surely the highlight of the day for the local supporters.

In the other semi-final, the Dutch had managed to overcome the Singapore representative 3-2 in a very well-fought game that could have gone either way.

The Germans snatched the 3rd spot after winning the "little final" 5-4 over Singapore.

Street Madness were awarded a US$ 5000 prize, while the second and third teams won US$ 2500 and US$1000 respectively.

Achie Tarhouchi, 25, talked to Goal.com after receiving the prize.

He jokingly said: "I am not sure how we'll spend it, maybe on food."

On the tournament, he commented: "We were rusty in the beginning but we got better with each game.

"Now we're more compact, and on a personal note, we've become a bit like a family.

"We all fight for each other, we have a great spirit."

Mario Sequeira, 28, of Cape Verde ancestry, was delighted with his experience in Cambodia.

"I loved playing in this tournament, the crowd was great.

"It was more physical than I expected and it got better as we adjusted to the game's conditions."

The Tiger Street football tournament will regroup in Sydney late in May, for the second of seven legs that will culminate in the 2013 finals in Guangzhou, China.

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