May 12, 2022

LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Wednesday, January 26

The young Sofiane Djahafi was on trial for two days with the Crocos (Photo Boris Boutet)

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

Nimes Olympic

Twenty-four Crocos on the bridge. Ueda left for selection, Cubas injured and Briançon in the recovery phase did not participate in the session of the day. This was not the case either for Bratveit and Valerio, who remained in care but who should logically be operational for the reception of Valenciennes this Friday at 7 p.m. for this late match of the 21st day. While Aribi and Ferhat trained separately with Aurélien Boche, the physical trainer, twenty-four players took part in the session led by Nicolas Usaï and his assistants. We note in particular the presence of Nazih, back from injury. Nicolas Benezet, who has been training with the group for a few days was still there. For a simple fitness? ” Maybe more replied the person concerned to a child who had questioned him. Endoume striker (N3) Sofiane Djahafi trained for two days with the Crocos for a trial. Nicolas Usaï has decided to release him tomorrow.

The 24 Crocos present: Dias, Nazih, Malafosse – Burner, Paquiez, Sainte-Luce, Guessoum, Martinez, Pontet, Zaidan, Philibert – Delpech, Sarr, Fomba, Ponceau, Khalid, Benrahou, Eliasson, Benezet – El Ftouhi, Omarsson, Koné, Doucouré, Jahafi.

Benrahou and Eliasson at the wand. During the day’s session, the Crocos worked on the ball exits from the sides, leading to crosses for the attackers. Direct and indirect free kicks, corners, the Nîmes also repeated their ranges on offensive and defensive set pieces under the watchful eye of Nicolas Usaï. “ The ideal when you’re in the wall, it’s to take the ball in the face, and if you’re bleeding from the nose, too bad “, he said in particular to his players. At the baton, Benrahou and Eliasson were rather skilful. The two men also stayed at the end of the session to challenge Nazih during an exercise in front of goal in which Koné, Omarsson and Sarr also took part.

USAM Nimes Gard

Quentin Dupuy is hit in the adductors (Photo Anthony Maurin)

Paul back, Dupuy touched. After finishing second last weekend at the Saint-Raphaël tournament and enjoying two days of rest, the Usamists resumed training this morning at Parnassus. A session where coach Franck Maurice picked up two additional players: young Guéric Vincent and goalkeeper Teodor Paul, back from Euro 2022 which he played with Slovakia. The Nîmes will therefore have at least one professional goalkeeper to face the Var formation again this Saturday at home for a last preparation match. On the other hand, a new player has joined the always busy infirmary. This is Quentin Dupuy, hit in the adductors. As a reminder: Tesio, Rebichon, Gallego, Nyateu, Jakobsen, Hesham, Acquevillo are unavailable. Desbonnet participates in the Euro with the Blues who are playing a decisive match tonight against Denmark to qualify for the semi-finals.


RCN – TOAC-TOEC highly threatened. The covid is definitely going after the good performance of the Federal 1 championship and particularly the meetings of the Rugby Club Nîmes. After the matches against Ceret (postponed to February 13), Castanet (postponed to March 20) and Saint-Sulpice (cancelled), it is the confrontation against TOAC-TOEC scheduled for Sunday which is ” highly threatened” according to Steeve Calligaro, the president of the RCN. Even if the Toulouse leaders have not yet officially requested a postponement, it should not take long. Indeed, a dozen positive cases at Covid would have been detected in the Haut-Garonne club. Faced with the accumulation of match postponements for a few weeks, the French Rugby Federation would consider postponing the final stages by two weeks to free up dates in order to update the calendar. As a result, the Saint-Sulpice – Nîmes match which was initially canceled could therefore finally be played. For now, the Nîmes, who have not played since December 19 (victory against Graulhet 37-30), do not know if they will be able to return to competition on Sunday at Kaufmann.

Table tennis

Nîmes loses but provides the essential. Unsurprisingly, the Saint-Denis table tennis players, reigning French champions, were too strong for the ASPCN (3-1). But the point won from the outset by the Gardoise Jee is decisive: it allows the girls of Florian Habuda to finish the regular season in 9th place and start their play-downs against Schiltigheim, bottom of the championship. To maintain hopes of maintenance, the Nîmes will have to win this return match. During the regular season, the Alsaciennes at home surprised the Nîmes (3-2).