July 1, 2022

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Thursday, November 18

Andrés Cubas has been ruled out with Paraguay (Photo Anthony Maurin).

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

Olympic Nimes

Jérôme Arpinon consultant? Removed from his duties as Nîmes Olympique coach last February, Jérôme Arpinon is still looking for a new position. If the Valenciennes club (L2) contacted the Nîmes coach after the sidelining of Olivier Guégan, nothing has yet been noted. While waiting to start a new adventure, the former disciple of Bernard Blaquart could become a consultant. Indeed, he was asked by La Chaîne l’Équipe to host the Ligue 2 multiplex broadcast every Saturday at 7 p.m. After the departure of Régis Brouard, the appointed consultant, who became Bastia’s new coach last October, the channel is looking for a new specialist to support the presenter on the set. With Laurent Boissier, President Saïd Chabane’s priority to become sports director of SCO Angers, the former strongmen of the NO could bounce back quickly in the world of football.

Cubas excluded. Andrés Cubas is the only Nîmes player left for selection during this international break. The one who no longer appeared in the jersey Albirroja since the Copa America, eight games, held yesterday in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. If Paraguay brought a point from Colombia (0-0), the Nîmes midfielder did not score any points with the new coach Guillermo Schelotto. Warned twice (5th and 84th), he was excluded. Located four points from the fifth, barrage, four days from the end of these qualifications, the South Americans are in a bad position to get a ticket for Qatar.

Benrahou, Delpech, Goyet winners. As they are used to in their free time, the Nîmes Olympique players went karting yesterday afternoon on the south karting track at Bouillargues. Ten teams of three pilots took part in an endurance race lasting over an hour. The trio made up of Yassine Benrahou, Léon Delpech and deputy Richard Goyet won the event in front of the team of Antoine Valerio, Pierre Zaïdan and Anthony Lombardo, the physiotherapist. Arthur Pontet, Patrick Burner and Naomichi Ueda complete the podium. The coach, Pascal Plancque, also took part in this endurance race and he finished fifth with Julien Ponceau and Théo Sainte-Luce. Less success, however, for the trio made up of Elias Mar Omarsson, Niclas Eliasson and Jordan Isen, the communications officer, who came in last position.

Alakouch has become a Moroccan international (Photo Anthony Maurin).

First for Alakouch. Originally from the Chemin-Bas-d’Avignon district in Nîmes, trained at Nîmes Olympique and professional from 2015 to 2021, Sofiane Alakouch now evolves in Metz. In the red lantern of Ligue 1, the right side has only appeared three times this season. On the other hand, he has just celebrated his first two selections for Morocco. Came into play eight minutes during the success against Sudan (0-3), he was however the holder in the victory against Guinea (3-0) and played the entire match. The Nîmes could therefore foresee a participation in the World Cup 2022. To validate their qualification, the Atlas Lions must win a round-trip barrage against an opponent who has not yet been designated.

USAM Nimes Gard

The captain no longer seems in line with the ideas of his coach (Photo Corentin Corger)

A coach dismissed by his captain? If the USAM has recovered from the hair of the beast by chaining two consecutive victories against Chambéry (33-28) and Sporting (33-27), after winning only one match in seven games, all the evils are not resolved in the within the locker room. During the success against the Savoyards, a scene went unnoticed for the spectators of Parnassus focus on the game, but well captured by the cameras of beIN Sports. During a time-out taken by Franck Maurice in the 52nd – Nîmes was then leading 30-22 – the coach gave his tactical instructions and concluded his remarks by: “Have to play a smart game now!” The latter leaves the circle in which Julien Rebichon rushes declaring: “If you want we play a clever stupid match! But we must not lose the ball”, insists with force the captain defeating the word of his trainer. In that same match, another highlight took place at half-time, when Nîmes lost by four goals. It is not the coach, but Benjamin Gallego who took the floor to re-motivate the troops and reverse the trend. “Benji was able to find the words by asking the guys to let go”, confided in the post-match Franck Maurice to our microphone. If some executives seem to want to dismiss the coach in place since 2014, others would support him. A delicate situation which sees the future of Franck Maurice at the head of the first team rather compromised.


Joris Simon participated this season in the professional rugby sevens championship (Photo Monaco Rugby Sevens)

Joris Simon, second. After a first event-driven edition in 2020, the National Rugby League this year created a professional rugby sevens championship called the Supersevens. Bound by a federal contract with the French rugby 7 team, the Nîmes Joris Simon joined the Monaco club this season, after the past frustration of seeing the Habs eliminated in the play-offs for the Tokyo Olympics. And the princely formation of the 25-year-old third row shone during this second edition which took place in four stages and ended last weekend. After a first failure in the quarter-finals, the Monegasques won the next two tournaments in Toulouse and La Rochelle, last August. They were therefore leader of the standings before the final stage which brought together the eight best teams of the season, last Saturday, in the walls of Paris la Défense Arena. Unfortunately for the Nîmes, Monaco Rugby Sevens lost in the final against the French Barbarians (40-14). “A big thank you to Monaco for the opportunity to participate in the Supersevens and for having the chance to play with and against the greats of the discipline”, reacted the Nîmes.


Nîmes Robin Bertrand (Photo Boris Boutet)

The Hauts de Nîmes as an outsider. This Saturday at 11 am against AS Montferrand, the Hauts de Nîmes tennis club begins its Pro B season with one goal in mind: maintenance. To obtain it, the Gardois will rely on local players: Clément Chidekh (n ° 57), Robin Bertrand (-15), Nazim Makhlouf (-15) and Julien Maes (-15). “For the first two meetings at home, Clément will be in the United States, indicates the captain, Pascal Courtois. On these matches, it looks complicated. Our maintenance will be played away over the last three meetings and in particular the trips to Nantes and Thionville. ” Until then, it will take a small feat to perform against Montferrand in the opening.