Captain Du Wei lifts East Asian Championship Trophy

It was obvious from the response to the GGW posts of April “Chinese Torture” that many Celtic supporters struggled with the notion that Du Wei, a Celtic reject with only 45 minutes first team experience, had managed to reinvent himself as an international class defender. Despite the presence of 2 World Cup qualifiers Japan and South Korea sneering references were made to the status of the January 2010 East Asian Championship in which Du Wei had captained China to overall victory.

GGW also reported that Du Wei had been transferred after his successful performances in the East Asian Championship to Greentown, the green and white clad team from beautiful Hangzhou, to help them establish themselves in the Chinese Super League. Hangzhou Greentown only achieved the opportunity of another season in the top league despite finishing in the bottom two places last season, when two of the clubs above them were compulsorily relegated for involvement in the Chinese football corruption scandal. However the owners promised investment in the team to match that already made on their very impressive modern stadium and as well as the Chinese captain Du Wei  they made other important signings including 3 Honduran internationals and a couple of Chinese internationalists. GGW promised Celtic supporters that they would report regularly on the progress of the green and white Chinese club captained by Du Wei.

As regular readers will know it took some games for Hangzhou to settle down under their new captain and in early May late April they were struggling in the bottom two relegation places. However gradually Du Wei and his new teammates started to get a coherent pattern of play together. Inspired by their defensively magnificent captain, a run of three consecutive clean sheets enabled them to scramble clear of the bottom places. From that base they  then went on to finish their May pre-World Cup break fixtures with three consecutive victories. This surge has taken Hangzhou Greentown up to an amazing 3rd place in the league, only 5 points off the top and a dizzy height of 10 points above the relegation places.

Defensive colleague Sabillon was rewarded with a World Cup call-up by Honduras, while Du Wei and new Hangzhou colleague defender Hang Roa were included in the China squad for the World Cup friendly match arranged between China and last competition’s beaten finalists France. Du Wei was made captain for the game during which he conclusively proved that he now is a defender of the highest international class.

Du Wei shuts out Anelka

Under his leadership China kept a clean sheet, beat France 1-0 and direct opponent Anelka never got out of Du Wei’s pocket. Du Wei was widely acclaimed as the man of the match and has surely shut up the doubters who wondered if this could be the same player let go by Celtic without a proper chance to show his worth.

New Manager Neil Lennon might well wish that he was inheriting a world class centre half of Du Wei’s current quality.

GGW will continue to report after the World Cup on the progress of the Hangzhou Greentown and the form of the ex Celtic player who has worked such miracles for them