May 12, 2022

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Tuesday, February 1

The Alésien Xavier Mercier rubbed shoulders with the new recruit Scotty Sadzoute (Photo via MaxPPP)

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

Nimes Olympic

Suspended method. Friday evening, during the 2-1 success of Nîmes Olympique against Valenciennes, Lamine Fomba was warned. This is his third yellow card in less than ten games. As provided by the regulations, he is suspended for one game. While the Disciplinary Committee normally meets in the middle of the week, as will be the case on Wednesday, a meeting exceptionally took place on Monday evening. Thus, the Fomba case was examined and the sanction fell with effect from midnight Tuesday February 1. It was therefore last night that Nicolas Usaï learned that he would have to do without his midfielder to face Pau at 7 p.m. in a late match for the 22nd day of Ligue 2. A blow since Cubas is already absent, just like Ueda, Briancon and Ferhat. It is the Delpech-Valerio duo which should start in the midfield. Thus, the young Pontet was again called into the group. It is the third time this season that Fomba has missed a match and each time Nîmes has lost.

The selected group: Bratveit, Dias – Burner, Guessoum, Martinez, Paquiez, Pontet, Philibert, Sainte-Luce – Delpech, Eliasson, Ponceau, Sarr, Valerio, Benrahou – Doucouré, Koné, Omarsson.

The probable eleven: Bratveit – Burner, Guessoum, Martinez, Sainte-Luce – Delpech, Valerio – Benrahou, Ponceau, Eliasson – Koné.

“A bit like Jordi Alba”. Yesterday on the last day of the transfer window, Nîmes Olympique formalized the arrival on loan for 18 months of Scotty Sadzoute, left side of Louvain (Belgium), trained in Lille and spent last season in Pau. The Alesian and captain of the Belgian club Xavier Mercier described his profile to us: “A modern left side focused on the offensive with a good quality of center. He goes fast with and without the ball. All things considered, he has a bit of Jordi Alba’s style. » Since his arrival in the Flat Country, the defender has not played a minute in official competition. “He didn’t have a chance. comments the Gardois. In training he gives his all, he also listens to the oldest. He’s a fairly shy person but once he gets to know him well he can be a lodger and have a good laugh. » Xavier Mercier also praises the combative qualities of this recruit: “He is going to play his card thoroughly and he arrives with a lot of desire. » With this long loan from Sadzoute, the Crocos are preparing for the possible departure of Théo Sainte-Luce, at the end of his contract next June and who is the subject of requests from certain Ligue 1 clubs.

USAM Nimes Gard

Will Nyateu still be in Nîmes next season? (Photo Anthony Maurin)

“We have to stop with Kentin Mahé. » As Nîmes starts its second part of the season on Friday, a new cycle will begin next season with the departure of Rémi Desbonnet, the arrival of a new coach, Ljubomir Vranjes, and at least four recruits: Alexandre Demaille, Joze Baznik, Hugo Kamtchop-Baril and Boïba Sissoko. A Swedish coach who would also like to see a high-level center half land. Among the potential candidates, the player of the France team Kentin Mahé that Vranjes had under his orders in Flensburg. The center half of Veszprem would like to return to his native country. Guest last night on our set of Good evening Gard, USAM President David Tebib was asked about the subject: “We have to stop with Kentin Mahé. It was really a sequence which was linked to the injury of O’brian Nyateu which we thought serious but so much the better it is not the case. He and the staff have worked hard to make this injury go away. Today everything is going well for him. » The Mahé track therefore seems abandoned. In the position of center half, the number 1 will undoubtedly be Hesham, who is being treated after his rupture of the cruciate ligaments. But with who ? Not sure that the Japanese Yasuhira, recruited this winter and Nyateu, who does not necessarily enter into the plans of replacing Franck Maurice, are continuing the adventure.


Benjamin Bonzi lost in the first round of the Open Sud de France Montpellier (Photo Open Sud de Montpellier)

Only one left. Of the three Gardois entered this week at the Open Sud de France Montpellier, only Fabrice Martin managed to win his first round. Associated with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in doubles, the Nîmes won 6/3 6/4 against the Pouille/Olivetti pair. On the other hand, it’s over for the young Robin Bertrand (18 years old, 890e worldwide). Came to Montpellier to gain experience, he notably served as a training partner for the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili (n°21 at the ATP), before logically losing with Antoine Hoang in double face to the Jebavy-Molcan tandem (6/2 6/2). Small disappointment also for Benjamin Bonzi who seemed well on his way to taking his revenge on David Goffin, the defending champion who had beaten him in three sets last year. The Anduzien led 6/2 3/0 before losing the thread to finally bow 2/6 7/5 6/1. He will try to console himself in doubles with the Monegasque Hugo Nys Lloyd. In the first round, the pair faced in the late afternoon the Briton Glasspool and the Finn Harri Heliovaara.