January 24, 2022

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Friday, January 14

The coach of Nîmes Olympique gave an update on the health situation within the club (Photo Norman Jardin)

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

Olympic Nimes

An internal opposition tomorrow. After the postponement of the Ligue 2 match against Valenciennes, initially scheduled for this Saturday at 7 p.m., Nîmes Olympique coach Nicolas Usaï took stock at noon, by video. Among the Crocos, eleven still and three members of the technical staff are affected by the Covid. “Three quarters of cases are asymptomatic. The others have migraines, a slight fever but nothing serious”, would like to reassure the Nîmes coach. Cases which also led the club to postpone the reserve match scheduled against Aigues-Mortes (N3) in the league. Thus, the NO is organizing an internal opposition tomorrow morning, behind closed doors, with a dozen professional players and young people. Before playing, everyone will have to undergo an antigen test. The opportunity to give playing time to certain players like Yassine Benrahou, absent because of the Covid during the victory in Dijon (2-1) and Naomichi Ueda who trained normally this week. On the other hand, Andrés Cubas, victim of a big contusion in Burgundy, will not participate in this confrontation and will follow an individual program. Moved to January 28, the match against Valenciennes falls in full international break. If summoned, the Japanese defender and the Paraguayan midfielder could therefore miss this late match. “They will be released and will leave immediately for the national team after the match against Pau, as was planned”, confirmed their coach. While waiting to prepare for the Pau match, which is still planned, Nicolas Usaï will have to requisition the U19 goalkeeper for tomorrow morning. Amjhad Nazih is injured in the wrist, Per Kristian Bratveit and Lucas Dias are positive for the coronavirus as is Vincent Malafosse, the goalkeeper of the reserve. Only young Pierre Rothacher is valid. “It is possible that a member of the staff gets into the cage!”, joked the technician from Gard. The latter also mentioned the current transfer window. He works hand in hand with Bernard Pascual, the head of the scout cell and President Rani Assaf. Among the priority files: the nine players at the end of the contract next June and anticipating the possible departures of Zinedine Ferhat and Karim Aribi. “We are therefore working on attacking profiles but we are also considering recruiting a defender”, he concluded.


All postponed! None of the four Gard clubs playing in N3 is playing this weekend. After the OAC match against the Toulouse II reserve, the move from Stade Beaucairois 30 to Castanet is the derby between Nîmes II and Aigues-Mortes, at the request of the Crocs, which is postponed. Beaucaire, Alès and Nîmes are affected by Covid. In the saline workforce, only one player is positive and the team was fit to play. “I am not a doctor but either in principle we accept to live normally with the virus or we stop football temporarily. It’s big nonsense and it distorts the championship. In the amateur world, we do not have a lot of means. It only takes two, three cases and it’s not the same team at all.” annoys Yohan Borg, the coach of Aigues-Mortes. While it takes eleven positive cases in Ligue 2, only four are enough in N3 to obtain a postponement. On this 11th day, a fourth match was also shifted between Rodez II and Narbonne in the Occitanie pool.


Quentin Dupuy returned to training this morning (Photo The Agency)

Internal opposition canceled. This Friday at 5.30 p.m., an internal opposition, open to the public, was scheduled at Parnassus between the pro team and the reserve. Upstream, the club carried out tests and they revealed several positive cases in the formation which evolves in N1. The match was therefore cancelled. On the other hand, the virus still spares the professional team. A rare fact currently because many clubs are affected. “I’m almost worried that we are not in the case. We will tremble until the return of competition”, let a club member know. In the meantime, the Usamist infirmary is beginning to empty and some players are returning to training. Like Quentin Dupuy back this morning after foot pain.

Rugby Club Nîmes

The match against Castanet postponed? It’s only a matter of hours but the meeting between the Rugby Club Nîmes and Castanet, scheduled for this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Kaufmann stadium, is on track to be postponed. “There is a 90% chance that we will not play”, says a member of the management of the Nîmes club. It was Castanet, the red lantern of Fédérale 1, who made a request for a postponement because of several Covid-positive players. The pandemic is definitely preventing the RCN from starting 2022 since last Sunday’s trip to Céret was postponed to February 13. The formalization should fall at the end of the day.


On a Nîmes motorcycle, Lorenzo Santolino finished 11th in this Dakar 2022 (Photo Sherco Factory)

Santolino sort of Top 10. The 2022 edition of the Dakar ended today in the dunes of Saudi Arabia. It’s time to take stock of Sherco, the Nîmes motorcycle brand founded by the Teissier family. After Lorenzo Santolino’s historic sixth place last year, the results are down but remain correct for the French brand present on the most famous of events since 2009. Despite being ranked in the Top 10 for a long time, the Spanish driver finally finished 11th. It’s also less good for the two other Sherco Factory riders who finished in the Top 20 last year. Portugal’s Rui Gonçalves is 24th overall and India’s Harith Noah Koitha Veettil tumbled in the standings after not finishing stage 11. He finished 110th.