Citi All Stars missed out on a hat-trick of Masters Cup titles after losing to eventual champions Discovery Bay in the semi-finals last year.
Having left Hong Kong Football Club with the silverware for the previous two years, Citi All Stars ominously topped their group last year with a 100% record after beating Yau Yee League Masters, HFKC Chairman’s Select, SCC Masters and eventual finalists Nottingham Forest Mobsters.
But while looking to emulate the feat of four-time champions Lorenz All Stars between 2005-2007, Citi All Stars lost 2-0 to Discovery Bay.
The Professional Footballers’ Association representatives have, over the years, always brought with them a team tipped for success but it took until 2016 for the Citi All Stars to take home the silverware.
In 2016, Citi All Stars bounced back from a defeat by Yau Yee League Masters in their opening game to top their group before beating USRC 3-1 in the final.
A year later, Citi All Stars lost to HKFC Masters in their second game in the group stage before going on to top the table once again.
This time, a 3-2 win over Wallsend Boys Club secured the trophy.
Previously, the Citi All Stars had only managed a runner-up finish in 2011 to show for their trips to Hong Kong Football Club.