May 12, 2022

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Thursday, January 27

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

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Mbow “a great athletic potential”. Moustapha Mbow’s arrival on loan for six months was formalized on Thursday morning. He will not qualify for the two late matches against Valenciennes tomorrow and Pau, scheduled for Tuesday. He could make his debut against Dunkirk. « It will bring us a little emulation and competition, said his coach, Nicolas Usaï, at a press conference (see above). He has both feet and great athletic potential. » For the end of the transfer window, the new Nîmes technician does not necessarily expect an arrival. « For the moment, no one in sight, he explains. There is still the situation of Ferhat and Aribi who are leaving. The transfer window can quickly accelerate, the winter transfer window is a market of opportunities.« Nicolas Bénézet, who has been training with the group for a few days, will there be one? « It may still have an offer on the American market, believes Nicolas Usaï. I have already mentioned his situation informally but at the moment nothing has been done. »

Sainte-Luce is suspended to face Valenciennes (photo Anthony Maurin)

Six absent for Valenciennes. The Crocos will miss six players for the reception of Valenciennes scheduled for this Friday at 7 p.m. at Costières in a late match for the 21st day of Ligue 2. Left with the Japanese selection, Ueda will miss the meeting as well as that against Pau. Sainte-Luce will serve his suspension match following his expulsion from Dijon (1-2). If Cubas exams have been “clinically reassuring”, according to his coach, the Paraguayan should not return in one to two weeks. Briançon, Aribi and Ferhat continue their re-athletics.

The probable group: Dias, Bratveit – Paquiez, Burner, Martinez, Guessoum, Philibert, Zaidan – Ponceau, Valerio, Fomba, Sarr, Delpech, Benrahou, Eliasson – Doucouré, Omarsson, Koné

Paquiez wonders. Also present at a press conference, Gaëtan Paquiez was asked about his future at Nîmes Olympique (see video above). He returned to his remarks made last November. At the time, the Nîmes side said to himself “closer to a start than an extension. » But the situation has changed in recent weeks.. “As long as some people were at the club – they will recognize themselves – I would not have extended for sure, did he declare. There, there was renewal. I’m not saying it’s my priority either, but the door is not closed. » The side discussed at length with the president on this possibility. Gaëtan who will also closely follow the future of his friend Anthony Briançon whose contract with NO also expires in June.


The Étoile de Bessèges will leave Bellegarde on Wednesday (Photo Norman Jardin)

Pinot in Bessèges! It is now official, Thibaut Pinot will be at the start of the 52nd edition of the Étoile de Bessèges, which takes place from February 2 to 6. Aligned this weekend with the Grand Prix La Marseillaise, the French climber (31 years old) who is preparing his return to the Tour de France will be departing from Bellegarde for the “Tour du Gard” this Wednesday. His team, Groupama-FDJ, has just sent its registration form to the organizers of the Gard event. Pinot has already participated, a few years ago, in the event founded by Roland Fangille. Among the 21 teams present, other well-known names in the peloton will be present: the world champions Pedersen and Kwiatkowski or the Olympic champions Van Avermaet and Richard Carapaz. Best climber last year, the Gardois Alexandre Delettre will be in contention at home under his new colors of the Cofidis team.


Bonzi back in France. After a mixed start to the season in Australia (2 wins, 3 losses), Benjamin Bonzi is returning to France for the next few weeks. The Gardois will play in ATP 250 at the Open Sud in Montpellier next week. Last season he beat Lucas Pouille there before pushing David Goffin, future winner of the tournament, to his limits. Bonzi will then head for Cherbourg, for a Challenger tournament of which he should be the favourite. The adversity should be more important for him from February 14 to 20, in Marseille, where he now trains. At the Open 13, ranked ATP 250, the Gardois lost in the first round last year. With less than 80 points to defend over the next few weeks, Bonzi, 63e world, could continue to progress in the rankings in the event of good results.