With the tense World Cup 2014 qualifiers coming, many Chinese fans naturally expect to see the best national team players to play against Laos. The roster includes former Schalke midfielder Hao Junmin, captain Zheng Zhi, France killer Deng Zhuoxiang, and etc. But as you are reading these names, but you might ask yourself, where the hell is Huang Bowen?
For those who don’t know who he is, he is a defensive midfielder who plays for Korea League’s Jeonbuk Motors. He used to play for China Super League heavyweight Beijing Guoan and is currently the Chinese Super Leagues youngest ever scorer. He is considered to be a promising star and starts consistently for Jeonbuk Motors.
Whilst the fans expected Huang Bowen to report to the national team’s Kunming training camp, the media announced that the midfielder maestro was being held hostage by his Korean club. The South Korean national team does not need to play in this weekend’s preliminary World Cup qualification games. So instead of taking a break, the K-League has arranged fixtures to be played this weekend. Jeonbuk is currently on the top of the K-League, and they do not want their starter Huang Bowen to miss any games. Despite a prior arrangement for Huang to play for the national team, Jeonbuk still refuses to release the midfielder.
The Chinese Football Association has threatened to report Jeonbuk Motors to the Asian Football Confederation. The media mentioned that this is not the first time Jeonbuk causing trouble for CFA; when defender Feng Xiaoting played for Jeonbuk, he was also forced to sit out for national team matches.
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