David Obua

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David Obua (Captain Leader Legend)
Personal information
Date of birth (1984-04-10) 10 April 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Kampala, Uganda
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Left winger, left back, forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1999 Police FC 20 (5)
2000 Raleigh Capital Express 37 (18)
2001 Wilmington Hammerheads 42 (19)
2001–2002 Express FC 17 (11)
2002–2003 AS Port-Louis 2000 19 (15)
2003–2005 Express FC 48 (19)
2005–2008 Kaizer Chiefs 63 (17)
2008–2012 Heart of Midlothian 91 (21)
Total 338 (110)
National team
2003– Uganda 58 (14)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 May 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 30 December 2012

David Obua (born 10 April 1984) is a Ugandan footballer who most recently played as a Midfielder for Scottish Premier League club Hearts and the Uganda national team.

Having arrived at Hearts as a left wing-back, Obua was primarily used as a left-sided midfield player, although he also played a number of games as a striker.

Club career[edit]

Born in Kampala, Uganda, Obua played for a number of clubs in his native Uganda including Police FC. He also spent some time in Mauritius and in the United States, where he played for Raleigh and Wilmington Hammerheads whilst attending college.

Obua was spotted by Kaizer Chiefs while playing for the Uganda national team against South Africa and was offered a 3-year contract. He made his debut on 11 August 2005 in a 2–0 win over Dynamos. He scored his first Chiefs goal in the Soweto derby on 29 October 2005.[1] Obua impressed during his time in South Africa, winning the championship and South African Player of the Year in season 2006–07.[2]

After expiry of his Kaizer Chiefs contract he was available on a free transfer in the summer of 2008. He landed a trial with Premier League club West Ham United,[3] before agreeing a deal with Scottish Premier League club Heart of Midlothian.[4] On 6 August, it was revealed that Obua was granted a work permit and had signed for Hearts.

He found life in the SPL difficult in his first two seasons,[citation needed] although he did see an improvement in his form when Jim Jefferies replaced his former national manager Csaba László. In the absence of a target man, Obua has often played in the unfamiliar role of striker. Obua scored the winner in an Edinburgh derby at Easter Road, home of arch rivals Hibernian.[5] Obua was sent off at Hearts' home match against Celtic on 11 May 2011 at an eventual 3–0 loss. He scored the opening goal of the 2011–12 SPL season against Rangers at Ibrox with a header from a corner.[6] Obua was told in April 2012 that his contract with Hearts would not be extended.[7]

On 25 March 2015 Obua retired from football, but has trained with Kampala club Kampala Capital City Authority FC to keep up his fitness. [8]

On 3 June 2015, former Heart of Midlothian star Obua has cheated death in a horrifying car smash. [9]

International career[edit]

David Obua began playing for the Cranes during his time at Super League club Express FC. In September 2007, Obua scored a hat-trick for Uganda in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Niger which Uganda won 3–1.[citation needed] On 10 October 2011, he reportedly refused to meet with the President of the Republic of Uganda in their training camp and also had not been in good terms with the FUFA president, he vowed never to play for Uganda again, at least while president Lawrence Mulindwa and head coach Bobby Williamson were involved with the setup.[10] He scored his first goal for Uganda against Ghana on 2004-07-03 at Nakivubo Stadium [11]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 27 February 2012[12][13]
Club statistics
Club Season League Scottish Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals App Goals
Heart of Midlothian 2008–09 season 27 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 30 2
2009–10 season 32 3 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 35 3
2010–11 season 13 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2011–12 season 19 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 22 1
Total 91 6 5 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 101 6


Obua is the son of the late Denis Obua, who played for Uganda in the 1978 African Cup of Nations. He also has a younger brother, Eric Obua who is a Cranes youth international.[14] His uncle John Akii-Bua became Uganda's first Olympic champion by winning the 400-metre hurdles in the world record time of 47.82 seconds at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.[15][16]

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