Ethiopia Bunna skipper Gatuoch set for exit

Ethiopian Bunna skipper Gatuoch Panom is set for an April exit at the end of his current contract.

Panom’s agent David Beshah disclosed the parties could not agree on a new deal. While David and his client were pushing for a contract extension till the end of the current 2016/17 season, the club insisted on at least a 2-year-stay.

“We could not agree on a contract untill the end of the season. They wanted us to sign a contract of two years and three months, with a release clause if a foreign club comes knocking,” David said. According to him, they had wanted to pen a longer deal since last year November but the club was unwilling to play ball.

Panom is believed to have signed a pre-contract agreement with undisclosed club in Europe and hence the unwillingness to commit to a longer contract now. “Gatuoch and I are very disappointed that Bunna are unable to negotiate reasonably. We offered them many chances since November 2016 but they rejected them,” David added.

He hinted that his client could move to Greece at the end of his contract. Panom, 22, a regular for the national team “the Walia Ibex” has been with the coffee makers for the past six years.

His combative style and attacking instincts in the midfield has earned him respect in the Ethiopian Premier League. He has thus far netted six times in the league. Bunna lies third in the table standings with 31 points.