Since Camfoot.com broke the news of Anatole Abang's imminent departure from the New York Red Bulls, there has been no official acknowledgement of the young Cameroonian's move to Denmark from his current club. Until now.
The Red Bulls were in El Salvador when the news emerged that Abang's fairly obvious isolation from first team activities had finally reached the point where it was time for him to find a new place to play. So the silence on the subject from the club is as much about logistics as it is the fact the deal isn't quite done yet.
Settled back in at the RBNY training facility, Jesse Marsch provided the first official reaction to the Abang loan story from RBNY:
"Abang's status is he's still here, as of right now. I'm familiar with the reports and will be able to make an announcement on that shortly."
Be assured Jesse is not speaking literally when he says Abang is "still here". The player is in Denmark with second-tier side Hobro IK. If you can crack the geo-blocking code, Danish outlet TV3 Sport has video of Abang at Hobro.
Also in that video, Hobro head coach Ove Pedersen waxing lyrical about the 20-year-old striker. There is a bit of buzz around Abang in Denmark, since he has recently started winning Cameroon national team caps, and showed well in arguably the biggest game he's played to day: France's pre-Euro 2016 friendly against the Indomitable Lions. Abang contributed an assist to his country's cause in that match (he's Cameroon's #8 in the video below).
He is well-schooled, and we have of course also looked at the videos we've seen of him. And so it goes without saying that when one already at his age is right around the national team of Cameroon, which is a good African national team, then there's something in the player.
Pedersen isn't just going off videos. As already reported by Bold, Abang impressed his potential new club by immediately hitting the training ground after arriving from New York. As the Hobro coach told TV3 Sport (via mlsoccer.dk):
Our new player showed up, and he would like to go out to train. So we had out on the training ground with him where I went alone out on the field with him. He has also been out training with our assistant coach and a player more today.
Pedersen told TV3 Sport the new arrival "looks exciting".
The Hobro head coach had previously told Bold that Abang was effectively on trial, as the Danish club wanted to take a little time to evaluate the player. It would seem the Cameroonian has impressed already. Within his first 24 hours in Denmark, Abang has apparently forced a change of tune out of Pedersen. Having told Bold, effectively, Hobro would make use of its 10-day break between league games to conduct its trial of Abang, Pedersen told TV3 Sport the only thing preventing the player from being signed was the completion of a medical.
The Red Bulls should indeed be be able to make an announcement shortly.
It has previously been reported that Abang is set to be loaned out to the Danish First Division's Hobro IK for 12 months. The only real question remaining about this transfer is whether the player realistically has any shot at returning to play for RBNY.