Christchurch teenager Oscar Obel-Hall has signed a new contract with Danish second-division club Esbjerg fB after being promoted to the club’s first team.
Striker Obel-Hall (19) has been with the club’s youth programme since 2020 when he joined from Southern League club Christchurch United. His new contract keeps him at the Danish club till the summer of 2024.
Obel-Hall was one of the founding players when the Christchurch Football Academy was formed in 2014, and he made his first team debut for United in the Chatham Cup when he was only 15.
Main photo: Oscar Obel-Hall … new contract. Photo credit: Esbjerg fB.
He played for the New Zealand U-20 men’s team at an invitational tournament in Indonesia in February.
Coach Lars Sørensen: ‘He has some top skills’
Esbjerg fB head coach Lars “Lungi” Sørensen said:
“Oscar Obel-Hall is a physically strong striker who also possesses fine technique.
“At the same time, Oscar has a very good understanding of the game, which he uses wisely to put himself in advantageous positions in and around the opponents’ field.
“He has some top skills that you don’t see combined in all strikers, and we look forward to working with him further at senior level. I believe we can take further steps in the right direction.”
Striker keen to make first team debut
“I am grateful to have signed a new contract with EfB, because I am very comfortable here.
“The start in Esbjerg was tough because there was COVID-19 and I was far away from home, but I was helped to get started by my teammates and everyone in the club, so that made it easier for me, and now we are standing here in front of a new season start.
“I believe in a good season, because there are many talented players, and personally, my next goal is to debut in the first team and play at the Blue Water Arena in front of all the spectators.”