May 24, 2022

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Wednesday, January 19

Mahamadou Doucouré (left) trained with Aurélien Boche on Monday (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Like every day from Monday to Friday, discover the Gard sports news in some info.

Nimes Olympic

Cubas, return in early February expected. The South American midfielder is struggling to recover from a blow he received during the Nîmes victory at Dijon (2-1, January 8). The examinations passed by Andrés Cubas revealed a crack in the fibula which will keep him away from the pitch for a few days. His return is expected for the beginning of February. To date, his participation in the matches against Valenciennes (January 28) and Pau (February 1) is extremely compromised.

Sidy Sarr is in the recovery phase (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Sarr and Doucouré in the comeback phase. The Crocodiles trained this morning at La Bastide. Nicolas Usaï and his staff worked with a group of twenty players, including four youngsters from the reserve. The morning was essentially devoted to the tactical aspect. For their part, midfielder Sidy Sarr (back from flu) and striker Mahamadou Doucouré, in the return phase, were taken care of by Aurélien Boche, the physical trainer. As for Anthony Briançon, back from Clairefontaine, he is resting this week and he will start his re-athletics from Monday. The Nîmes will train this Thursday and Saturday morning (big session planned) and on Friday they will indulge in an activity outside football with perhaps padel.

Interest in Jorgensen. Nîmes Olympique is active on the transfer market. After that of Moustapha Mbow, the central defender of the Stade de Reims, which should be formalized by the end of the week, the NO is looking for other player profiles. The priority is always to find a right-handed attacking midfielder. A new track would have been explored in recent hours, slightly delaying the finalization of negotiations on this file. In addition, the Nîmes Olympique recruitment unit is on the lookout for other medium-term recruitment opportunities. Among them, the profile of Danish striker Mathias Jorgensen is of interest, as revealed by a site specializing in MLS news. The 21-year-old player who played for New York Red Bulls is now free of any contract. Nîmes Olympique has made inquiries but no offer has been made for the time being.


No new cases at the OAC. Last week, the Alésiens were to travel to the Toulouse reserve field but the meeting was postponed because the OAC had eight covid-19 positive players in its ranks. Some of his players are still affected by the virus but the tests carried out on Wednesday did not reveal any new cases. Stéphane Saurat’s men, now second in the standings after Agde’s victory last weekend which has one more match, are therefore preparing for Saturday’s derby against the Nîmes Olympique reserve scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Bastide. On the Nîmes side, the red lantern of this Occitanie hen of N3, the covid does not seem to prevent their participation in this meeting which will be attended by Nicolas Usaï, the new coach of Nîmes Olympique.


Benjamin Bonzi lost at the Australian Open. [Photo via MaxPPP]

No achievement for Bonzi. After his great victory in the first round of the Australian Open against the German Gojowczyk (6/3 6/3 6/3), Benjamin Bonzi faced the Russian Karen Kachanov with the hope of offering himself a 16e gala final against the Spaniard Rafael Nadal. But facing a solid member of the top 30 in the world, the step was too high for the Gardois, 65e at the ATP. Broken from the start, Bonzi ran after the score in the first set before faltering in the second (6/4 6/0). In the lead in the third (3/1), he did not hold his service game in advance and finally gave up 7/5. With a first 32e career in this tournament, the Anduzien is still approaching the top 60 in the world.

Table tennis

The Nîmes will play the play-downs (photo Norman Jardin)

The Nîmes will play for maintenance. Like last season, the ASPCN table tennis players dreamed of play-offs for European qualification. Like last year, Florian Habuda’s daughters will be content with play-downs for maintenance. During the decisive meeting this Tuesday at Joué-lès-Tours, the Nîmes lost 3-1, only Jee managing to rise to the level of the imposing adversity. There remains one last meeting for honor against Metz next week, before fighting to maintain against Issy, Quevilly and Schiltigheim. Joué-lès-Tours 3-1 ASPCN. Li He (#13) beats Mobarek (#82) 11-5 11-2 11-9; Zarif (#32) loses to Jee (#29) 5-11 7-11 11-8 11-5 11-13; Fort (n°49) beats Moret (n°35) 11-8 11-8 11-5; Li He (#13) beats Jee (#29) 11-6 11-6 7-11 11-8.