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Sabbi to remain at Hobro for remainder of Superliga season

Emmanuel Sabbi was scheduled to move to Danish Superliagen side Odense this summer, but that move for now has been put on hold.

The American forward will now remain with current Danish side Hobro for the remainder of the season after signing a one-month contract extension. Sabbi was scheduled to move to Odense this summer following a completed transfer back in January, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sabbi will stay with the club to finish the current season.

“The extension with Sabbi is a happy ending to his time in Hobro, and we are really happy about that,” Hobro Sporting Director Jens Hammer Sorensen said. “We have tried to speak to Sabbi’s heart, and that he now comes from the club in a proper way, I have all the honor and respect.”

“We are pleased that we can keep the squad intact for the rest of the season, because we believe it can secure the club another season in the Super League.”

Sabbi has scored six goals and registered one assist this season in 25 appearances in all competitions. The 22-year-old also helped Hobro fight off relegation in 2019 after scoring eight goals for the club in league play.

The club has picked up four points from a possible six in their first two league matches back to action. Sabbi has started both games for Hobro and will now look to help them in the upcoming relegation playoffs after finishing 12th in the 14-team standings.

“It has been a special situation, since I have to visit each club every day,” Sabbi said. “However, my wish has always been to finish the season at Hobro IK and help the club and my teammates for another season in the Super League.”

Hobro will now wait for their schedule for the playoffs which also includes eight additional teams.


  1. I see it as a courtesy because this is a rare year where the contract dates don’t match when the season ends. I think he could walk like a MLS player with a half season deal. My one concern, as with many of these players who may be asked to finish a season with several games then turn back around for 20-21, would be rest, health, and injury risk, That to me could cut both ways. Given the break they may have more like preseason fitness type levels and risks, pulled muscles, etc. Or like Adams they may have had exactly the unpressured time they needed to heal up and get fit. Sabbi is probably marginal at best for this cycle’s NT but this would keep him on the radar, I guess. The one thing I like is success didn’t go to his head and he didn’t make some dramatic move to a team over his head.

  2. Well, this sounds like a happy ending. I hope he can score a few goals to help Hobro stay up. It would bode well for him scoring goals at a crucial time.

    • Hobro is almost assuredl of having to play in the relegation play-offs (knockout rounds). They are currently 3rd in Group B, if they stay 3rd they’d play the Group A 3rd place team to stay up. If they lost that series they’d still have another series with a team from the first division. If they drop below Esbjerg into 4th in Group B they must win two series to stay up. Sabbi could help Hobro stay up and OB has an outside shot at earning Europa League qualifying if they stay at the top of Relegation Group A. Yes, in Denmark you can go from Relegation to Europa League in a few weeks.


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