Akhiro Kato wants to shift football’s focus from Europe to Asia and Africa. To this end, the Angkor Tiger Football Club president will focus on digital initiatives such as global fan membership programs.
Cambodian club Angkor Tiger FC, which is owned by Japanese entrepreneur Kato, competes in the Cambodian Premier League. It is located in Siem Reap, world famous for the Angkor Wat temple.
But what is the football club’s link with India? Today it is owned by SkaSports Investments Pvt Ltd, based in Chennai. “Unlike Europe, where the sport and business have evolved, we recognize that we are only at the early stages and plan to coalesce Asian players onto the global football stage.” Kato, who is also CEO of Tiger Branding, said activity area Friday. “This way we can create a pathway for our players to be recognized and bought by top clubs,” Kato added.
On August 30, SkaSports Investments Private Limited, an all-Indian company specializing in sports-related projects, announced the purchase of a partial stake in the Angkor Tiger Football Club. The move makes SkaSports the first Indian entity to hold ownership of a Southeast Asian football club.
The club is preparing to build its stadium in Siem Reap, investing $2.5 million. Projected revenues are based on an estimate of 3,000 to 4,000 spectators per game for 10 home games, resulting in an average revenue per season of approximately $40,000. With a total of 27 matches (half home, half away), the club expects to generate at least $1,00,000 per season, taking into account other sources of income.
Cambodia has a distinct football landscape, blending local elements and commercial opportunities. Additionally, we intend to involve Indian talent, said Sudhir Menon, Director, SkaSports Investments Private Limited.
Sports tourism between India and Cambodia
Diplomatic relations between India and Cambodia are at their peak, with the possibility of a direct flight from New Delhi to Cambodia in 2024. IRCTC, the government’s travel and tourism enterprise, has also launched a tour package for Ayodhya in Vietnam and Cambodia. .
The government’s increased flight announcements are part of our collaborative efforts to increase tourism in Cambodia, said Rohit Ramesh, Director of SkaSports Investments Private Limited.
We plan to try to go further by getting talented Indian players or coaches to work in Cambodia based on their technical capabilities, which will enhance India’s interest in terms of support, Menon added.