May 22, 2022

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Friday, February 4

Fomba is uncertain for the reception of Dunkirk (Photo Anthony Maurin)

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

Nimes Olympic

Martinez package, Fomba incertain. At the start of the afternoon, coach Nicolas Usaï appeared at a press conference the day before seeing Nîmes Olympique (8th, 32 pts) receive the relegated Dunkirk (19th, 18 pts) on behalf of the 23rd day of Ligue 2, tomorrow at 7 p.m. To try to get a fourth consecutive victory since his arrival, the Marseillais will have to do without his captain Martinez, touched in Pau. “His knee is still swollen. It would have taken 48 more hours for him to play. It’s too short, we don’t take risks”, says his coach who will also not be able to count on him for next week’s trip to Caen because Pablo will be suspended. Besides the defender, Briançon and Cubas, who has not yet resumed collective training, are sure to be absent. On the other hand, uncertainty reigns around Fomba. Suspended during Tuesday’s victory at Pau (0-3), the midfielder received a blow on Wednesday in training. A decision on his participation will be taken after this afternoon’s session. “He will only be in the group if he is 100%”, assures Nicolas Usaï. Returning from selection where he did not play, Ueda is available just like Mbow, qualified for this meeting. These two men are in balance for a starting place in central defense alongside Guessoum. The other recruit, Sadzoute, should also be summoned.

The probable group: Bratveit, Dias – Burner, Guessoum, Mbow, Paquiez, Ueda, Sainte-Luce, Sadzoute – Delpech, Eliasson, Ponceau, Sarr, Valerio, Benrahou – Doucouré, Koné, Omarsson.

The probable eleven: Bratveit – Paquiez, Guessoum, Ueda or Mbow, Sainte-Luce – Delpech, Sarr – Benrahou, Ponceau, Eliasson – Koné.

“We have a meeting on Monday. » While the transfer window ended on Monday, Zinedine Ferhat has not found a new club and will therefore have to complete his contract with the Crocos until June 30. Appeared that on seven occasions this season, the Algerian international had clearly expressed his desire to leave the club. But the fact that he is still there and the arrival of a new coach could reshuffle the cards. In any case, this will be the subject of Monday’s discussion between the main interested party and his coach Nicolas Usaï. The latter should know whether or not he can count on the striker for the end of the season. “The important thing in these cases is to be transparent and honest”, comments the Gard technician (see video above). In the meantime, “Zinou” sharpens individually in the company of the physical trainer, Aurélien Boche. The ball therefore appears to be in the player’s court. If Ferhat decides to invest in the last five months, he could be an additional recruit for Nîmes.

N3/D2 female

Ask for the program! If last week, all the matches of the Gard clubs competing in N3 had been postponed, this weekend everyone is playing. For this 13th day, it is the reserve of Nîmes Olympique, more than ever red lantern with no victory on the clock, which opens the ball by receiving Blagnac tomorrow at 6 p.m. An hour later, Alès, second with one game less, moves to Alberes / Argeles. Sunday, Aigues-Mortes, third, goes at 2:30 p.m. to his first pursuer, the Rodez reserve. Finally at 4 p.m., Beaucaire welcomes the leader Agde. A success of the SB 30 could allow the Cévennes to regain the lead in the championship in the event of success on Saturday. In women’s football, the girls of Nîmes metropolis have the opportunity to take a big step towards maintaining D2 in the event of victory this Sunday at 1 p.m., at the Annexe des Costières, facing the red lantern Mérignac.

Star of Bessèges

Benjamin Thomas wins solo on this third stage in Bessèges! (Photo Yannick Pons)

Thomas takes the lead. For this third stage of the Étoile de Bessèges, it was the Frenchman Benjamin Thomas who won in Bessèges. The Cofidis rider claimed victory after a thrilling final by crossing the line alone. Three kilometers from the finish, he managed to escape ahead of Alberto Bettiol and Tobias Halland Johannessen. Thanks to this success, Thomas took the overall lead ahead of Mads Pedersen who had difficulty keeping up with the pace at the end of the race. The Dane is relegated to tenth place, 51 seconds behind the new leader. Note, less than 10 km from the goal, the downhill falls of Carapaz and Mendez, out of danger. Tomorrow, it’s time for the penultimate stage starting in Saint-Hilaire-de-Brethmas for a long-awaited finish at Mont Bouquet.

Stage classification: 1. Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis), 3h38’31” 2. Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-Easy Post, 0’09”) 3. Tobias Halland Johannessen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team, 0.09″) 4. Rasmus Tiller (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team, at 0.15″) 5. Bryan Coquard (Cofidis, at 0.15″).

The general classification after 3 stages: 1. Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis, 10h53’05”) 2. Alberto Bettiol (EF Education-Easy Post, at +7″) 3. Mathieu Burgaudeau (Total Energies, at +15″) 4. Connor Swift (Team Arkéa-Samsic, at +31″) 5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Total Energies, +33″).

Rugby Club Nimes

Steeve Calligaro, President of the RCN, with General Éric Ozanne, Commander of the 6th Light Armored Brigade (Photo RCN)

RCN and 6th BLB partners. General Éric Ozanne, commander of the 6th light armored brigade (6th BLB) at the Nîmes-Laudun-Larzac defense base and military delegate from the Gard, and Steeve Calligaro, president of the Nîmes Rugby club, signed a partnership agreement uniting the military world and that of the oval for the next two years. A contract which perpetuates the exchanges until 2024, with many common actions to add to the agenda of the Nîmes. A first association of the two entities gave rise, on October 2, 2021, to an auction of rugby shirts which raised €25,899 for the benefit of wounded soldiers in the Army. The next meeting will take place on Sunday March 13, 2022, at the Kaufmann stadium, where events and stands presenting military equipment will be set up during the meeting between the locals and Pamiers.

Handball Bagnols Gard Rhône

Here we go again for the HBGR. After a satisfactory first part of the season, finished in 5th place in its National 1 group, the HBGR begins the year this Saturday evening at 8:30 p.m. with a reception from La Crau to Les Eyrieux. A team that had beaten them in the first leg. The Bagnolais will still be without their captain, the pivot Dorian Tourraton, injured, and their left-back Antoine Aniol, operated on yesterday for the cruciate ligaments of the knee, whose season is over. The club also lost left-back Johann Markus and goalkeeper Pablo Rousselot during the break, who left Bagnols.