November 29, 2021

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Thursday, November 25

Facing Quevilly, the stands were very sparse (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Like every day, from Monday to Friday, discover the essentials of the Gard sport news in a few infos.

Olympic Nimes

“With a snap of my finger, I stop everything.” This morning, following the announcement he made in front of the 500 supporters gathered last Saturday, the mayor of Nîmes Jean-Paul Fournier met this morning Rani Assaf, the president of Nîmes Olympique. It emerged from this interview that the president of the NO agrees to renew the dialogue with the groups of supporters received last week in town hall. He is open to making efforts and discussing the price of seats, but he can no longer bear paying fines for smoke bombs. It costs the club € 80,000 a year, he said. Rani Assaf also plans to improve its communication with the Nîmes public. Our discussion was constructive. There has been a realization that the current situation is no longer sustainable and that there is an absolute need to re-establish direct communication with the supporters “, explains the Mayor of Nîmes. Thus, the city plays the role of mediator and a tripartite meeting – president, city, supporters – will take place next week. During the discussions, Jean-Paul Fournier nevertheless threatened the majority shareholder of Crocos not to follow him on his new stadium project if the latter did not find common ground with the supporters: “With a snap of my finger, I stop everything”, did he declare.

Nîmes – Quevilly: how busy? 1,203 spectators, it was the official affluence of the Costières stadium, Saturday against Quevilly-Rouen Métropole (2-1), for the 16th day of Ligue 2. A figure overvalued visibly for many supporters present at the Stadium. According to our information, around 800 tickets were scanned at the entrance to the stadium. The remaining counted spectators were accredited (press, officials, etc.) or invited under the protocol imposed by the Professional Football League (LFP).

We prepare the shots on goal. Saturday at 4 p.m., the people of Nîmes move to Aubagne (N2) on behalf of the 8e round of the Coupe de France. If they hope to qualify in regulation time, the Crocodiles can not exclude that the meeting ends with the formidable shootout. Wednesday morning, to close the training session, they tried this exercise. Obviously, the NO excels in this area because all the field players have tried their luck and only three (Cubas, Philibert and Pontet) failed. Assessment, 17/20 for the Nîmes shooters, the Provençaux are warned. As a reminder, Zinedine Ferhat (sick), Moussa Koné (thigh) and Anthony Briançon, currently in re-athletic training near Clairefontaine, are forfeited. Warned three times in less than ten meetings, Gaëtan Paquiez will be available on Saturday but suspended for the trip to Rodez, on Friday December 3 at 9 p.m., on behalf of the 17th day of Ligue 2.


Ahmed Hesham has been successfully operated on (Photo USAM)

Hesham, successfully operated. On October 23, Ahmed Hesham seriously injured his knee during the defeat against Toulouse (25-26). This Thursday morning, the left rear underwent successful cruciate ligament surgery in Paris. Coming from Egypt, his mother was present to support him in this ordeal. In three or four days, the 21-year-old nugget will leave the hospital and spend ten days at the Maison du Handball to recover from this operation with professionals. In December, he will then spend a month near Capbreton, at the rehabilitation center which welcomes all athletes who have undergone major surgery. In January, during the winter break, he will return to his family in his native country. The start of the year will be an opportunity to recover before returning to the pitches during the summer preparation for the 2022/2023 season.

A promo for subscribers. If for the general public, the USAM markets an offer at 20 € to attend the two meetings next week against Tatabanya and Nantes, subscribers are also entitled to an advantage. As their subscription is only valid for the championship, the Nîmes club has decided to offer places, exclusively for subscribers, at € 5 for the match against the Hungarians of Tatabanya (Tuesday at 6:45 p.m.) counting for the 5th day of the League. European EHF. To benefit from it, go to the club’s online ticket office: