JON VAN WAGENEN - Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Etchu Tabe, who has spent the previous two season with Swedish Superettan club Ljungskile, remains unsigned after completing a five day test in Åland with Finnish Veikkausliiga club IFK Mariehamn.
According to the club, Tabe will have to wait until 2010 before hearing of a final decision from Mariehamn, which has two open roster spots.
"We will presumably make a decision, but not until January," director Peter Mattsson told YA.
The Georgia native was joined by fellow dual-American citizen Tomiwa Ongunsola during his trial in Åland in addition to three other players including 28-year old defender Pasi Karppinen, who played at Penn State before turning professional in his native Finland.
While Mariehamn plans to wait before extending any offers to the players, Tabe can at least spend his Christmas holiday knowing that he is wanted by his former club.
"We are trying to keep him in the club. We would like to keep him but we are not sure (if we can) yet," Ljungskile representative Jörgen Wålemark said to YA.
All the players were given a chance to impress during a training match on December 7th.