Obasi, Ba and Compper agree extensions
Ba and Compper signed new deals that will expire on 30.06.2013, while Obasi has signed up until 2014. "Edu, Marvin and Demba have had a huge part in this club's development in the Bundesliga. The fans appreciate their efforts too, and these contract extensions show their commitment to the cause and their faith in the current squad," said sporting director Jan Schindelmeiser, who also complimented the discreet way in which the discussions had been handled by all involved.
Nigerian Obasi arrived at Hoffenheim in August 2007 from Norwegian first division side Lyn Oslo and has since gone on to make 38 appearances in the Bundesliga, scoring 11 goals. The 23-year-old also played 27 times in the 2. Bundesliga, scoring a further 12 times. Obasi has appeared five times for the Nigerian national team.
Ba also arrived in August 2007 having previously played for Excelsior Mouscron in Belgium. The 24-year-old Senegalese has worn the Hoffenheim shirt 45 times in the Bundesliga, scoring 18 times. In the 2. Bundesliga he bagged another 12 goals in 30 games and has earned seven caps for the Senegalese national team.
Marvin Compper has been a part of Ralf Rangnick's squad since January 2008 after arriving from Borussia Mönchengladbach. The 24-year-old has scored two goals in 46 matches so far for Hoffenheim. Overall, Compper has made 74 Bundesliga appearances throughout his career so far and played in every one of 1899's 17 matches in the second half of last season. On 19 November 2008, he made history by becoming the first-ever Hoffenheim player to appear for the German national team, playing 76 minutes in a friendly match against England.
Andreas Ibertsberger also extended his contract at the beginning of the month until 2012. "It's a great feeling to know that we can continue to work with this wonderful group of players over the next few years," added Schindelmeiser.