Detinho ready to repeat his 'boot-phone' celebration for Citizen
Citizen Cuenca United are hoping for another call on Detinho's "boot-phone" as they bid to land the AET Lunar New Year Cup at Hong Kong Stadium on Monday evening.
Citizen - strengthened with players from the Ecuador side Cuenca - are in the final against Portuguese Super League side SC Olhanense and they will be looking to their super-sub to provide a repeat of Friday's bizarre goal celebration.
Detinho scored a tremendous goal to spark Citizen's comeback from 2-0 down against fancied Russian Super League side FC Krylia Sovetov Samara. He then took off his right boot and clasped it to his ear to "phone" his fans in the stadium.
"That was my way of saying thank you to all the people of Hong Kong who have supported me over the last seven years of my stay in this wonderful city. I wanted to say kung hei fat choi with that telephone call," Detinho explained.
"Hong Kong has given me so much and that goal proved to be a very important goal as it was the start of our comeback. Let's hope that Citizen can go on and win this competition and give more joy to the fans."
Citizen were trailing 2-0 with only one minute left of regulation time when Detinho volleyed in.
"I hope I can score again in the final. That would be something special. I played three seasons for South China and the last four have been with Citizen. It would be great if Citizen can win this tournament," he added.
Detinho turned 40 last September but said then: "Age is not a problem as long as you have the heart."
Citizen's executive director Calvin Pui Ho-wang agrees. "He is always powerful in the air and despite his age, he is still a key player," Pui said. "That's why we offered him a contract."
In the third-place play-off, Samara take on Japanese side FC Tokyo.