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Wednesday, 26 June, 2002, 09:30 GMT 10:30 UK
Kalla goes to Germany
Raymond Kalla marks Ireland's Robbie Keane at the 2002 World Cup
Bochum signed Kalla on Schafer's recommendation
Giant Cameroonian defender Raymond Kalla has joined the newly promoted German side VfL Bochum from Extremadura in Spain.

The 27-year-old Kalla, who debuted for Cameroon just before the 1994 World Cup finals in the USA, has signed a three year contract with a option for a further two years.

The transfer was concluded before the start of the World Cup finals in Japan, where Kalla featured for the Indomitable Lions against Germany.

Cameroon had a disappointing World Cup in Japan, failing to reach the second round, despite high expectation of their prospects.

Kalla, a double African champion with his country, began his European club career in Greece but has been in the anonymity of the Spanish second division since 1998.

The imposing centre-back was recommended to Bochum by Cameroon's German-born coach Winfried Schafer.

Kalla has been granted a week's extra holiday by Bochum's coach Peter Neururer after his latest World Cup exertions.

He will be joining up with his new playing colleagues on 6 July for pre-season training.

Among Kalla's new team mates will be Delron Buckley, the South African international, who also competed at the World Cup finals.

See also:

25 Jun 02 | Africans abroad
24 Jun 02 | Cameroon
19 Jun 02 | Chelsea
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