Obua on Course for Work Permit

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David Obua is confident of obtaining a UK work permit to finalize his move to Scottish premier side, Hearts FC, the Edinburgh Evening News reports. Hearts expect the UK Home Office to reject their initial application for Obua's permit on the grounds Uganda is not among FIFA's top-70 ranked nations. Campbell Ogilvie, the Hearts FC managing director, is currently preparing the necessary paperwork for submission. UK Government regulations state that footballers from outside the European Union must have played 75 per cent of their country's competitive internationals during the two years preceding their application for a UK work permit. Additionally, that country must be within FIFA's top 70. Obua satisfies the first criteria but not the second. Uganda are currently ranked 97th by FIFA, therefore an independent appeals panel is likely to be required to decide if the midfielder is a special talent who could enhance Scottish football. His case was examined recently by officials at West Ham United, where he spent a week on trial, and the English club received encouraging feedback about Obua's prospects for appealing successfully. The former South African Player of the Year believes he has a strong case to argue. His agent, Janos Hrutka, said Obua is confident he will get the work permit and he is looking forward to playing for Hearts. Obua was denied an outing as a trialist last night as Hearts defeated a local select side 6-0 in the first match of their German tour. The midfielder injured a rib in training but X-rays have confirmed no serious damage.