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Obua agrees contract with Hearts

David Obua in action for former club Kaizer Chiefs
Obua was previously with Kaizer Chiefs in South Africa

Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo is set to make his first signing after agreeing a deal with Uganda defender David Obua.

And Laszlo could be joined by Uganda coach Jackson Mayanja, who says he is negotiating about becoming assistant.

The signing of 24-year-old Obua, who was linked with West Ham earlier this month, is subject to a medical and a work permit.

Obua, who can play midfield as well as left-back, recently left South African outfit Kaizer Chiefs.

The 22-times capped defender is already well known to Laszlo during the Hungarian's time as Uganda's head coach.

Obua started his career with Express in his homeland, had a three-year spell in the USA and spent time with Mauritian club AS Port-Louis 2000 before a transfer to South Africa's biggest club.

I have had several phone calls from Hearts FC officials
Jackson Mayanja

His father Denis also played for the Ugandan national team, while his uncle John Akii-Bua was an Olympic gold-winning hurdler.

Obua arrived in Edinburgh on Friday and will travel with the Hearts squad heading for a 10-day German training camp on Sunday.

He could soon have another familiar face joining him in Gorgie, with Mayanja, recognised as one of Uganda's best-ever players, saying he could move to Edinburgh to assist Laszlo.

"I have had several phone calls from Hearts FC officials, but I'm not allowed to comment further," said the 39-year-old.

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"I don't want to confirm the move yet, but I can assure you that I'm ready for the challenge."

Mayanja manages Uganda's under-21 side, had spells in charge of KCC FC and URA FC and also assisted Laszlo with the national team.

Meanwhile, defender Jason Thomson replaced striker Jonathan Brown in 24-man Hearts squad that headed for Germany.

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