Reports out of Tunisia at the end of February put Anatole Abang in talks with Etoile du Sahel, a leading Tunisian club qualified for this year's CAF Champions League. The reports appeared to be confirmed by Abang's Instagram account, to which he posted several pictures of himself in the team's training gear.
The young forward has been without a club to play for since his loan from New York Red Bulls to Danish second-tier team Hobro IK was abruptly terminated in January. A flubbed effort to join Naestved on transfer deadline day in Denmark was followed by a report from Kristian Dyer for Metro (no relation) citing an unnamed source who declared Abang would not be returning to MLS. And Abang has indeed not returned to MLS.
But the recently-published 2017 rosters show Abang is still part of RBNY's squad in the eyes of MLS. He is listed as "on loan". On loan to nowhere per any publicly available information, and if that assertion is incorrect no one is in any hurry to set the record straight. Inquiries to MLS were referred to RBNY, and the Red Bulls have not yet responded to questions about Abang's current status or location.
Once A Metro understands RBNY is believed to be working on agreeing a new loan destination for its exiled forward, which is at least consistent with the stories out of Tunisia about his discussions with Etoile du Sahel. But for now Abang remains, perhaps uniquely, a pro soccer player on loan to nowhere.