Report from the 1. Charity tournament for Kukang


After a successful idea of ISCP (Indonesian Species Conservation Program) to organize a football event "Football for Conservation" to spread the awareness about the need of nature conservation in Indonesia, Kukang project has organized a similar event in the Czech Republic to raise the awareness about slow lorises situation. The aim of the Kukang project, which is managed by several Czechs in Sumatra, is to match against illegal trafficking of greater slow loris directly in Indonesia. The project already has gained the support of great organizations such as the Zoo Ostrava, the Zoo Liberec (whose footsall team has also participated at the footsall tournament) or as Czech Coalition for the Protection of Biodiversity (CCBC).

The tournament was held this Saturday on the 30th of August at playground field of the Elementary School Dobiašova in Liberec. The organizers of the tournament were the Footsall club from Ústí nad Labem FSC Tigers (Tygříci) and the Zoo Liberec. Tigers FSC operates in the “Ústí nad Labem Footsall League” since 2008 and therefore they have decided to celebrate its sixth anniversary by supporting a good thing and showing that they are not indifferent to nature conservation. The beginning of the tournament was scheduled for 9:00 in the morning and four teams have engaged in the tournament, namely the organizers of the tournament FSC Tigers (Tygříci) from Ústí nad Labem, the Zoo Liberec, VW Autotrend Canaries (Kanárci) Liberec and Jablonec nad Nisou.

Tournament begins Champions cups

Tournament begins

Champions cups

The tournament participants received small prizes and the best ones were awarded by champion cups. In addition, there were competitions as the kicking a penalty as well as champion cups for the best player and goalkeeper of the tournament. In the meantime the participants and the audience could enjoy an exhibition of photographs from Sumatra.

In the first round of the tournament, the teams could merit their powers, resulting into the final winner - VW Autotrend Liberec; second place went to Canaries (Kanárci), the FCS Tigers (Tygříci) ended third and fourth place was awarded to the team of the Zoo Liberec.

Table of the basic groups Match for the 3rd place

Table of the basic groups

Match for the 3rd place

After a quick break, the match got tougher; the semi-final victory was owned by VW Autotrend Liberec in the match against Zoo Liberec; and the second winner was FCS Tigers (Tygříci) who defeated Canaries (Kanárci). The losing teams, however, did not whine and focused all their energy to the last match for the third place. In this match, the teams really gave their all in, and after a spectacular show, the third place went to the team of the Zoo Liberec with a score of 7: 3 over Canaries (Kanárci). The winners of the semi-finals VW Autotrend Liberec and FCS Tigers (Tygříci) get to the final match. After the first half of the match which was balanced, VW Autotrend Liberec has showed more strength in the second half and triumphed over FSC Tigers (Tygříci) 6: 1.

The final match Contest in shooting penalty skills

The final match

Contest in shooting penalty skills

The best penalty shooter was Jan Mužík called "Mužajs" from FSC Tigers (Tygříci), who turned all the penalty attempts in and the player from the same team Lukáš Kohout called "Kohy” was awarded as the best scorer of the tournament, with 9 successful goals during the entire tournament. Ota from the Zoo Liberec became the best goalkeeper of the tournament with most interventions and the largest deployment.

Top scorer of the tournament Best goalkeeper of the tournament

Top scorer of the tournament

Best goalkeeper of the tournament

The whole tournament was conducted in a friendly atmosphere and there were TV Prima and Radiožurnál present. All the money from the tournament - in the total amount of 8531 CZK will be used in helping to build a clinic for the confiscated slow lorises in Sumatra, which will be the first step towards rehabilitation of slow lorises confiscated from the black market. Tigers (Tygříci) hope that the tournament could become an annual tradition with equally pleasant atmosphere and competitive teams who want to help Kukang, just as we could see this Saturday. We would like to say BIG THANKS to everyone involved.

Interview with Radiožurnál Kukang savings box

Interview with Radiožurnál

Kukang savings box

Tigers (Tygříci) would also like to thank all our sponsors, without whom it would have been difficult to organize such a tournament. Namely - Thank You ELIMON a.s. and Lovochemie Lovosice, the station Baboo, the wine cellar U Muzikanta and Tomáš Jakoubek for a creating an event poster.

Text and photo: Lucie Čižmářová

Reportage at TV PRIMA (time - 24:30):