Cyclones Facebook ex-Sydney FC player for FFA Cup

Borroloola Cyclones have used Facebook to recruit an ex-Sydney FC youth player for their historic Westfield FFA Cup debut against Hellenic AC tonight in Darwin.

The all-indigenous side from the remote Northern Territory community are one of the stories of the FFA Cup. 

Now, the team from near the Gulf of Carpentaria have recruited former Sky Blues youth team member Keifer Dotti to help their cause tonight at the Darwin soccer stadium (KO 7pm local). 

"One of the managers in the team contacted me via Facebook to see if I wanted to play and I jumped at the chance," Dotti told the Liverpool City Champion.

"It's a huge honour for me to represent my indigenous culture in football. I can't wait to join the team; it will be good for the Cyclones and indigenous football."

Dotti is the son of former Rugby League player Phillip Dotti, who played for Cronulla Sharks. 

It’s been a tumultuous build up for the Cyclones, having their playing footwear stolen from the club’s storage unit last week. 

With the team devastated by the theft, a social campaign was launched called "BootsforBoroloola". 

Sports company Umbro duly sent the club 20 new pairs of boots.

Dotti and the Cyclones gave their new boots a try the day before the big game.

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The side arrived in the Top End on Tuesday, having a light training session in the afternoon ahead of their date with destiny tonight.

“It will be the first time the squad has got together since the Palmerston competition last September,” coach Mark Wakeling said.

“It has been a hard job getting the boys here. Some are working in the mines, some are in different communities.”