BRI-MATHIAS HODGE - Wednesday, December 9, 2009
With all three other Yanks leaving Ljungskile recently, it looks like the lone survivor Etchu Tabe could soon be out the door as well.
The 23 year-old has been on trial with IFK Mariehamn of the Finnish Veikkausliiga since Monday and will be staying until the end of the week according to the club's director Peter Mattsson.
After playing for two years with Ljunskile in the Swedish second division, or Superettan, the Cameroon-born former Georgia Southwestern State player is considering other options with his contract expired.
After playing mostly forward in college, the 6'4" Tabe has moved to centerback in the pro game, establishing himself as a lynch pin of Ljungskile's backline and, according to Mattsson, is auditioning for a central defense role with the Åland Islands team.
IFK are looking to replace their captain, central defender and the coach's son, Jani Lyyski who has signed for Stockholm's Djurgården in the off-season.
"We'll make a decision later in the week", IFK Club Director Mattsson told YA when asked about Tabe's chances of earning a contract.