Chan Wai Ho

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Chan Wai Ho
Chan Wai Ho 25Dec2011.JPG
Personal information
Full name Chan Wai Ho
Date of birth (1982-04-24) 24 April 1982 (age 32)
Place of birth Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Centre-back / Defensive Midfielder
Club information
Current team
South China
Number 15
Youth career
1996–1998 Hong Kong Sports Institute
1998–1999 Hong Kong Rangers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–1999 Hong Kong Rangers 0 (0)
1999–2000 Orient & Yee Hope 0 (0)
2000–2007 Hong Kong Rangers 140 (9)
2007–2010 South China 57 (4)
2010 Fourway Athletic 9 (3)
2011– South China 20 (1)
National team
2000–2010 Hong Kong U-23 20 (3)
2000– Hong Kong 58 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 October 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 March 2014
Chan Wai Ho
Simplified Chinese 陈伟豪
Traditional Chinese 陳偉豪
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Chan.

Chan Wai Ho (born (1982-04-24)24 April 1982) is a centre-back currently playing for South China in the Hong Kong First Division. He plays for Hong Kong national football team since 2000, and was a member of the Hong Kong East Asian Games football team in 2009 who won the East Asian Games gold medal.

Hong Kong football fans commonly use Tai Ho (Traditional Chinese: 大豪) as a nickname for him, and to identify him and Sai Ho Lee Chi Ho. He is widely regarded as the best centre-back ever in Hong Kong.

Early life[edit]

Chan Wai Ho lived in Lok Wah Estate, Ngau Tau Kok when he was young[1] and he graduated in Maryknoll Vocational Evening Secondary School.[2] He moved to player hostel of Hong Kong Rangers in Boundary Street when he was a vocational apprenticeship of Rangers.[1]

Club career[edit]

Rangers and Yee Hope[edit]

His father decided that he would join Hong Kong Rangers to be a vocational apprenticeship when Chan Wai Ho was 16 years old. He stayed at Rangers for some months on trial for a professional contract. However, Rangers only gave him a contract after several twists and turns. Eventually, he appeared for the first team a few times in this season.

In 1999–2000 season, Yee Hope chairman Joe Chan invited Chan Wai Ho to join his team. Chan really started his professional career in this season. His number of appearances did not increase after he joined the team, but Arie van der Zouwen thought Chan Wai Ho was one of the best centre-back in Hong Kong and selected him for Hong Kong.[3]

In March 2004, Chan Wai Ho was suspended for 12 games after fighting along with 4 other Rangers players against Nan Shing Property FC players in a league match in Dongguan on 7 March 2004. The match was suspended and never completed.[4]

In 2006, it was rumoured that he has had a trial with English Premiership Club Reading and would played at the Madejski Stadium in the English Premiership. And in the year 2007, it was rumoured that he will join Birmingham City after Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung became the chairman and executive director of the club.

Transfer record[edit]

Chan Wai Ho's transfer fee to South China from Rangers was HK$400,000, which broke the record of the highest local transfer fee and highest transfer fee in Hong Kong First Division League. The highest local transfer fee record was kept by Tam Ah Fook when he moved to Ernest Borel from Happy Valley by HK$140,000 in 1992. The highest overall transfer fee was originally kept by Cheng Siu Chung Ricky when he moved from LD Alajuelense in Costa Rica to South China in 1994–95 season for a fee of US$30,000 (about HK$234,000).[5] But there was rumour in the media that the record has been broken by Chan Siu Ki's 2008 transfer from Kitchee to South China AA, which cost the Caroliners HK$800,000. The actual fee has not been disclosed.[6]

South China[edit]

On 19 April 2007, it was revealed on HKFA webpage that Chan transferred to South China from Rangers.[7] His registration was just in time for him to represent the team to compete in the Hong Kong FA Cup 2006-07. Chan was described by South China convenor Steven Lo to be the best Chinese centre back in Hong Kong.[8] He made his debut for South China on 20 April 2007 in the Hong Kong FA Cup First Round match against Wofoo Tai Po.

Chan Wai Ho wears no. 15 at South China AA to commemorate his former Rangers FC teammate Cheung Yiu Lun, who died in October 2003 in a traffic accident. He was not able to wear no. 15 at Rangers because the number was retired after Cheung's death.[9]

Back to Rangers[edit]

It is confirmed that he will join Fourway Rangers on 20 July 2010.[10] But rumours said that he would return to South China in January 2011.

Back to South China[edit]

Chan Wai Ho re-joined South China in the January 2011 transfer window. He felt his form dropped as he also had to work as a coach at Rangers FC. He signed a one and a half-year contract.[11]

Chan Wai Ho scored the opening goal in the 2010-11 Hong Kong FA Cup final against Tai Po FC.[12]

International career[edit]

Chan Wai Ho playing for Hong Kong national football team

Hong Kong[edit]

Arie van der Zouwen selected him in Hong Kong national football team in 2000.

In June 2011, Chan Wai Ho was made captain of Hong Kong national football team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian qualification matches against Saudi Arabia.[13]

On 22 March 2013, Chan Wai Ho scored the winner for Hong Kong against Vietnam national football team in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification match. After the match, acting Hong Kong national football team coach Kim Pan Gon said Chan is a top Asian level central defender.[14]

Hong Kong U23[edit]

Chan Wai Ho scored twice in the 2009 East Asian Games, against South Korea[15] in a group game and against North Korea in the semi-final. In the penalty shoot-out against North Korea, Chan Wai Ho also scored his penalty.[16]

Chan Wai Ho scored the winning goal for Hong Kong national under-23 football team against Uzbekistan national under-23 football team in the 2010 Asian Games. Hong Kong won the match 1:0.[17]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

South China

International[edit]

 Hong Kong

Hong Kong U23

Individual[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 1 July 2012
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hong Kong League FA Cup & Shield League Cup Asia Total
1998–99 Rangers (HKG) First Division
1999–2000 O & YH Union First Division
2000–01 Rangers (HKG) First Division
2001–02
2002–03
2003–04
2004–05
2005–06
2006–07 15 1 1 0 4 0 20 1
South China First Division 4 0 4 0
2007–08 15 1 2 0 4 0 5 0 26 2
2008–09 16 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 21 2
2009–10 12 0 4 0 4 0 24 0
2010–11 Rangers (HKG) First Division ?
South China First Division 4 0 3 1 5 0 12 1
2011–12 14 1 5 1 2 1 21 3
Total Hong Kong
Career total

International[edit]

As of 1 June 2012
National team Club Season Apps Goals Captain
Hong Kong O & YH Union 2000–01 1 0 0
Rangers (HKG) 2002–03 3 0 0
2003–04 6 0 0
2004–05 4 1 0
2005–06 3 0 0
2006–07 4 0 0
South China 2007–08 8 0 0
2008–09 0 0 0
2009–10 7 2 1
Rangers (HKG) 2010–11 4 0 2
South China 1 0 1
2011–12 8 0 8
2012–13 1 0 1
Total 50 4 13

Personal life[edit]

Chan Wai Ho became a father on 9 August 2010 when his wife gave birth to a son. He accompanied his wife in the hospital in the morning, then attended the Hong Kong national football team training in the afternoon.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b (traditional Chinese (HK)) 天地豪情-陳偉豪, Page 28–31, Keymansoho, August 2010
  2. ^ Chan Wai Ho profile, Bulletin Board, Maryknoll Secondary School
  3. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK)) 奪冠意義更勝金牌──訪港足最佳華人中堅陳偉豪(中), Ta Kung Pao, 2 August 2010
  4. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))六球員聯賽毆鬥重罰停賽 Sing Tao Daily. 16 March 2004.
  5. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK)) 陳偉豪破紀錄40萬投南華, Ming Pao, 21 April 2007
  6. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))數說傑志 Ming Pao. (by Yahoo! Hong Kong) 6 May 2011.
  7. ^ First Division – Newly Registered Player, Hong Kong Football Association, 19 April 2007
  8. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK)) 歡迎陳偉豪加盟南華, Chairman of South China Official Blog, 20 April 2007
  9. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))南華飯堂 – 陳偉豪 (1) 13 March 2009. South China Blog.
  10. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK)) 陳偉豪將重返流浪, Apple Daily, 15 July 2010
  11. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))陳偉豪重返南華誓捧亞協盃 Oriental Daily. 8 January 2011.
  12. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))臨別入波基士文助南華捧盃 Oriental Daily. 30 May 2011.
  13. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))陳偉豪任港足隊長 Ta Kung Pao. 25 June 2011.
  14. ^ "金帥大讚陳偉豪亞洲中堅王". Sina.com.hk (Singtao Daily). 24 March 2013. 
  15. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))港足4:1炒南韓 Oriental Daily. 4 December 2009.
  16. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))港足挫北韓晉決賽 Sing Tao Daily (Sina.com.hk). 11 December 2009.
  17. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))亞運圖集 港隊1:0烏茲別克 Sina Sport. 10 November 2010.
  18. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))陳偉豪榮升爸爸捱病午練 Apple Daily. 10 August 2010.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Man Pei Tak
Hong Kong Rangers F.C. captain
2006–2007
Succeeded by
Lam Ka Wai
Preceded by
Dega Júnior
Hong Kong League XI captain
2010
Succeeded by
Itaparica
Preceded by
Paulo Henrique
Hong Kong Rangers F.C. captain
2010
Succeeded by
Jean-Jacques Kilama
Preceded by
Au Yeung Yiu Chung
Hong Kong national under-23 football team captain
2010
Succeeded by
Yapp Hung Fai
Preceded by
Li Haiqiang
Hong Kong national football team captain
2011
Succeeded by
Ng Wai Chiu
Preceded by
Ng Wai Chiu
Hong Kong national football team captain
2012–
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Li Haiqiang
South China AA captain
2012–
Succeeded by
Incumbent