LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Wednesday, October 12


Nicolas Usaï, Joël Mercier and Rani Assaf (Photo Corentin Corger)

Like every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essential Gard sports news in a few pieces of information.

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Fomba and Dias honored. It is a historical tradition that each year, the group of supporters of the Central Club, installed in the south stand, organizes an aperitif at the start of the season so that its members can share a convivial moment with the players. While the Costières stadium will close in a few weeks, it was not at the legendary Paul-Calabro hall but at the Bastide training center that the event took place last night. All the staff and players were present as well as President Rani Assaf. It was Joël Mercier, president of the Central Club and supporter of the Crocos for 60 years, who took the floor first to thank all the players for being present and for having seen this ” big family ” reunited. He then handed over two paintings made by him in matchsticks representing a crocodile with a ball. The first to Captain Lamine Fomba because he is a ” to beat “ and the second to Lucas Dias “because you came to all our parties”. It is then Nicolas Usaï who takes the floor: “The sporting situation is delicate but the players are determined to get out of it. This group needs unity and all the vital forces, hoping that many supporters will be present on Saturday. » Finally, the president of the NO also said a few words, announcing above all that the traditional January galette des rois of the Central Club can be done in the reception room of the Antonins stadium. Joël Mercier also wanted to pay tribute to Fabien Ordonez, the referent of the supporters: “It’s great to have someone like that you can call on. » The moment continued and concluded with a large keepsake photo. Little break for the players who returned to training this morning.

Moussa Koné and the Nîmes will meet Olympique de Marseille in a friendly match (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Three friendlies during the break. The Football World Cup is fast approaching and there are only four days left before the truce which will stop Ligue 2 from November 12 to December 26. To fill these six weeks without competition, the Nîmes staff stalled three friendly matches. The Crocodiles will face Rodez (L2) on December 9, Bastia (L2) on December 16 and Marseille (L1) on December 20. If the places of the matches are not yet official, the Nîmes could play against the Corsicans at the Antonins stadium. ten days before the resumption in order to prowl in new equipment before the official inauguration against Guingamp. On the other hand, it is not expected that the NO will leave for an internship but it is not excluded that the team will leave for two or three days outside Nîmes. » The idea is to stay in the Gard or not too far. The reflection arises on the quality of the terroir”, explains Nicolas Usaï, the Nîmes Olympique coach.

Goalkeeper Tao Paradowski is having his first week with the pro team (photo Norman Jardin)

A new kid in training. We mentioned yesterday, in the sports minute, the sanction which strikes the quartet Boudache, Delpech, Doucouré and Nazih, who had the bad idea to arrive late for training last Friday. Nicolas Usaï has decided to send them to train all week with the reserve team. To replace Amjhad Nazih, as fourth goalkeeper, the Nîmes staff went to seek the Regional U18 goalkeeper, Tao Paradowski (17), who is making his first appearance with the professional group this week. The young player arrived in Nîmes this season from AS Nancy-Lorraine and he showed good dispositions. » Despite its small size, it has qualities, especially in the field of explosiveness,” pointed out Anthony Babikian, the goalkeeping coach. In Nîmes as elsewhere, sometimes the misfortune of some is the happiness of others.

Tchokounté is injured in the hamstrings (Photo Anthony Maurin).

No injury for Tchokounté. We mentioned, in the sports minute on Tuesday, the hamstring injury suffered by the Nîmes striker Malik Tchokounté. This had prevented him from starting last Saturday at Quevilly-Rouen and he remained in care this week. Medical examinations carried out yesterday did not reveal any lesions. Nîmes’ top scorer (4 goals in 11 games) avoids a long unavailability and will undergo training tests on Thursday to find out a little more about the follow-up to this injury and if he can be in the squad. . . which will host Amiens on Saturday.

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Ahmed Hesham is in selection with Egypt (Yannick Pons)

Three Nîmes in selection. An international truce is currently taking place in handball. Thus, three ousamistes left to join their selection. Ahmed Hesham and Mohammad Sanad have reunited with the Egypt team. After an internship in Cairo, the Pharaohs will play two friendly matches in Bahrain. It is one of the last gatherings before the 2023 World Cup which will be played in Poland and Sweden from January 11 to 29. A World Cup in which Slovenia will also participate with its goalkeeper Joze Baznik who will face France in the group stage. On the program this week for the Slovenians: two matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo. Among the young French teams, several Nîmes have also been called up. Among the Blues U21, Guéric Vincent will fly to Budapest to play a tournament and face Norway, Denmark or Hungary. On the other hand, there are four Usamists to be part of the France U19 team: Thibaut Bonidan, Matéo Gomez, Thibault Le Bourhis and Galian Varlet. After a gathering at the Maison du handball in Créteil, they will participate in Eaubonne (95) at the TIBY, an international tournament, where Portugal, Hungary and Croatia will also be present. The green team will return to the championship on Friday October 21 at 8 p.m., at Parnasse, against Istres.

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