Footballer's own goal goes viral

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 21 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 21 December, 2011, 12:00am


A Hong Kong footballer is the talk of the soccer world after scoring one of the most amazing own goals - and in just days it has become an internet sensation.

On Friday night, Sunray Cave JC Sun Hei played Citizen AA in the Hong Kong First Division. Citizen AA were leading 3-0 deep into the second half when Sun Hei's Jack Sealy raced down the right wing and crossed the ball.

Festus Baise, Citizen's Nigerian central defender, ran back and instinctively leaped to clear the ball with a headlong scorpion kick - acrobatically diving heels over head and connecting with the ball.

But instead of a spectacular clearance it ended up as one of the most memorable own goals, as the ball soared high over his goalkeeper's reach and nestled snuggly into the top right-hand corner of the net.

The 957 fans at Mong Kok Stadium for the match knew they had witnessed something special, but they were not the only ones. The game had been televised, and was soon on the internet. It has since become a YouTube phenomenon, receiving more than a million hits already, with the number growing fast.

Afterwards Baise, 31, said: 'It was a beautiful goal but a painful one. So many people have been calling me about this. It's funny but it's terrible, too. This is the first time I've scored an own goal.'

Baise said he was trying to get back into defence and cover the incoming cross, but the ball came in just behind him, and he could only clear it by performing a scorpion kick.

'I want people to know I've scored other beautiful goals, but for my team, not for the opposition,' he said.

Baise has played in Hong Kong for 6? years, the first six months with South China, followed by six years with Citizen AA, and helped Citizen AA win the Hong Kong Senior Challenge Shield last season.

Luckily for Baise, Citizen went on to win the match 3-2.