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Out of Africa

Filed: Saturday, 12th July 2008
By: Staff Writer

Ugandan international David Obua has landed a trial with West Ham United.

The former Kaizer Chiefs full-back spent his first day at Chadwell Heath on Friday where he trained with his prospective new team-mates.

24-year old Obua, a left-back by trade parted company the South African champions at the end of last season after three years with the club. Being out of contract he is currently available on a free transfer.

ďAs a professional, I have to weigh my options and make a decision," he said earlier this week. "I have many offers but Iím not about to rush.

ďIím not returning to South Africa because I believe Iíve won everything as an individual. I need a new challenge that will only be realised in Europe."

Obua began his career in the United States Soccer League system before joining Wilmington Hammerheads. After spells back in his native Uganda with Port Louis and Express FC he moved to South Africa where he became a firm fixture in the Kaizer Chiefs team.

Obua comes from something of a sporting family; his father Denis is considered to be Uganda's finest ever footballer whilst his uncle, John Akii-Bua was an Olympic champion at the 400-metre hurdles back in 1972.

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