Hearts bring in Uganda's Obua

Experienced Ugandan international defender David Obua is set to become new Hearts manager Csaba Laszlo's first signing for the Scottish Premier League's sleeping giants.

The 24-year-old -- capped 22 times -- comes from a rich Ugandan sporting heritage as his late uncle John Akii-Bua won Olympic gold in the 400 metres hurdles in the 1972 Games in Munich while his father also played for the national side.

Laszlo knows Obua well as the 44-year-old Romanian-born Hungarian coached the Ugandan national side prior to taking up the Hearts job earlier this month. Laszlo, who has also coached German side Borussia Monchengladbach and Hungary's Ferencvaros, could also be joined by Uganda coach Jackson Mayanja, who says he is negotiating about becoming assistant.

Obua, who can play in midfield as well as left-back and was once a target for Premiership side West Ham, recently left South African giants Kaizer Chiefs. Obua started his career with Ugandan side Express, had a three-year sojourn in the USA and spent time with Mauritian club AS Port-Louis 2000 before moving to Kaizer Chiefs. Obua 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 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 officials, but I'm not allowed to comment further," said the 39-year-old. "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.