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Schalke interested to sign injured Abdul Rahman Baba with a clause.

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Schalke 04 are in talks with Chelsea on turning the loan deal of Ghana’s Abdul Rahman Baba in to a permanent deal. However, the contract of Baba with Schalke, will have a clause that will consider if he is 100% fit from his knee injury.

Baba suffered the cruciate ligament rupture of his knee during the Africa cup in January. His injry is so serious that he is not expected to recover before autumn.

Currently, Baba is undergoing rehabilitaion in Schalke, where he is in good hands.

If the deal come to fruition, Baba will have the chance to work with a coach, Markus Weinzierl, who trusts his talent and rejuvenate his career with Schalke. It is a win-win for both side.

Bundesliga team of the season vote

The Bundesliga season 16/17 is about to come to an end. 33 players have been nominated for the official Bundesliga Team of the Season.EA Sports is coordinating the vote.

If you are undecided about the positions to vote for, then watch this video to get an insight about the players.

The vote on team of the season ends Sunday, 21 May (23:59 CEST)

Sarenren Bazee extends his contract with Hannover

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Nigeria’s Noah Sarenren Bazee has extended his contract with his current club, Hannover 96, for 3 years until 2021, despite interests from clubs as diverse as Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen,Borussia Mönchengladbach or Schalke.

Bazee, who is currently sidelined with a knee injury decided to stay with the club because of the prospects of further development in the game. He said, “In Hannover, everything is working out for me. It is a top club in Germany. After the relegation to the second division, the club placed their trust in me and i like to pay back.”

For Hannover, the extension is seen as outcome of successful negotiations of Horst Heldt, the Sport director and Bazee’s agent Florian Goll. Horst Heldt, remarked , “we are happy that we can work together. In the past 12 months, Noah has indicated his big potential.He is hopefully at the beginning of a glorious career and he has not reached his peak.”

Bazee has played 18 times for Hannover, scored a goal and 8 assists.

He was recently invited by Nigeria’s coach Gernot Rohr, of the Super Eagles to play for Nigeria.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fined for mask celebration

Aubameyang
Photo courtesy of Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

During the derby between Schalke and Dortmund, Aubameyang scored a goal for Dortmund. He celebrated the goal in style by wearing a mask. The mask celebration was an advertisement for Nike, despite the fact Dortmund is sponsored by Puma.

It is debatable if it was a faux pas or a marketing strategy from Aubameyang. According to a Kicker report, Sport director, Michael Zorc, confirmed that Aubameyang has been fined for his misconduct. Zorc said, ” he was not aware about the consequences of his actions.” He added that the situation was serious and it will not be tolerated by the club. It is reported by BILD that the fine is around €100,000.

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There was another photo with the mask circulating in Social media again with Aubameyang, this time, the mask was worn by his brother. Dortmund quickly dispelled rumors that it was a new provocation from Aubameyang.

Abdul Rahman Baba sidelined due to injury.

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Rahman Baba got injured at the Africa nations cup in the match between Ghana versus Uganda last week in Gabon. According to a statement issued by Schalke today, “Abdul Rahman Baba’s injury to his left knee was found to be worse than was initially forecasted after his operation in Augsburg yesterday. It presented a picture of a complex rupture to his cruciate ligament along with tears to his internal and external cartilage.

Baba is expected to be on the sidelines for some months to recover from the successful operation.

Therefore, his loan deal with Schalke may have come to an end for this season.

FIFA decide that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting can play for Schalke.

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The highly anticipated decision by FIFA over the status of Schalke’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to play in the Bundesliga despite nomination from the Cameroon FA for the Africa cup has been resolved. In a tweet by Schalke late Friday evening, stated, “Choupo is eligible to play tomorrow. FIFA disciplinary committee followed the arguments of Schalke.”

Schalke maintained in their argument that after Choupo-Moting was nominated in the preliminary list by Cameroon FA, they did not get further confirmation from Cameroon, if, the attacker is on the final 23 man list for Africa cup.

The decision by FIFA has erased the confusion and drama over the consequences for Schalke,if, Choupo-Moting was sanctioned. Schalke is plagued with injuries and Choupo-Moting’s services is highly needed at the moment.

Schalke await FIFA decision on Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting

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Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting explained why he opted out of the Africa nations cup. However, there is confusion over his playing status as the Bundesliga resume tomorrow.

Schalke sports director, Christian Heidel, said at a press conference today, “it states in FIFA statue that when a player does not honor an invitation, then he is not allowed to play for his club during the duration of the tournament. Now, the question is, was Eric Maxim Choupo.Moting invited ? We are of the opinion that he was not invited and therefore should not be sanctioned.”

Heidel also informed Journalists that the club is in constant talks with FIFA and expect a decision latest tomorrow or thereabout. Schalke believe that Choupo-Moting’s case is different from Joel Matip, another Cameroonian, who refused to play for the Indomitable Lions.

It is interesting to note that Choupo-Moting did not announce his retirement from the Indomitable Lions. Let us await the decision of FIFA in relation to the Cameroon national team on the issue.

Victor Obinna’s future at Darmstadt remain uncertain.

Victor Obinna
Photo:imago/Jan Huebner

Victor Obinna came to Darmstadt from Duisburg last Summer. The 29 year old, has a year’s contract with the team. Given the latest utterance from the new coach, Torsten Frings, Obinna’s days at Darmstadt might be numbered. He told Kicker that “We have told him to look for a new club and we will assist him.”

Obinna’s agent, Giuseppe Spitali also told Kicker that he aims to discuss with the club, when they come back from the Winter camp on Friday.

The problem that Obinna has in Darmstadt is that his favorite position in attacking midfield is occupied either by Laszlo Kleinheisler or Jan Rosenthal. Furthermore, the coach that gave him a contract,Norbert Meier is no longer there.

Obinna has played only 38 minutes since he came to Darmstadt.

The winter transfer window ends in January 31st, anything can happen for him before then.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting explains why he opted out of the Africa cup of nations

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The Africa cup of nations will take place in Gabon soon. However, the tournament has been plauged with players opting out of the tournament. Prominent among the players for Cameroon is Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. His announcement, came as a big shock to football crazy Cameroonian fans.

Choupo-Moting explained that he decided to stay out of the tournament, because of his commitment to Schalke. His club is hit with lots of injuries and there is no striker with his experience to take charge in his absence.

Also, his contract will soon expire and wants to find a common ground towards renewal.

He came to the conclusion not to play for Cameroon after the Christmas vacation. Although some people were angry and disappointed about his decision, he re-iterated that he has not officially retired from playing for Cameroon.

Daniel Opare leaves FC Augsburg for RC Lens

Daniel Opare
Foto: Ulrich Wagner

Daniel Opare came to Augsburg with high hopes in 2015. He came from Portugal’s first division FC Porto as a free agent. Unfortunately, he was unable to establish a noticeable influence on the team in all his years in Augsburg.

Opare approached the management of FC Augsburg over his wish to be close to his family in France and in the process have some playing time. His wish has been granted. He moves to Lens on loan until the end of the season. The details of the deal was not disclosed.

It remains doubtful, if, Opare will ever make a break through in Augsburg. The defender had problems in Augsburg because his favorite position is taken by the captain of the team, Paul Verhaegh. He was frustrated most times and watched the beautiful game from the sidelines.

Although, there is a new coach in Augsburg, Manuel Baum finds him surplus to requirements like his predecessors.