LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Tuesday, May 14, 2024

The reunion between former Nîmes at the UNFP Trophies, the Crocodiles in selection and new opponents for next season

UNFP Trophies

The Nîmes meeting. Yesterday evening, the traditional UNFP Trophies ceremony took place. The opportunity for many Nîmes and former Nîmes Olympique players to meet again. As evidenced by this photo between Nicolas Rainville, elected best referee in Ligue 2, Laurent Boissier, the former sporting director of the Crocos today in Angers and Anthony Briançon, the emblematic former captain, today in Saint-Étienne, who is part of the typical Ligue 2 team. “It’s a pleasure to meet former Nîmes people in a more friendly setting than on the field. It’s proof that there is quality at Nîmes Olympique and that it exports well,” comments Nicolas Rainville, who will end his refereeing career on Friday. But they weren’t the only ones. Nîmes’ Irvin Cardona won the best goal of the season in Ligue 2 with the Just Fontaine trophy. At the very beginning of the evening, it was striker Patrick Cubaynes who was honored with the French football team that won the 1984 Olympic Games. Saint-Etienne coach Olivier Dall’Oglio, born in Alès and named among the best coaches, was also present as was Nîmes striker Clément Depres, who now plays in Rodez.

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Wesley Ngakoutou will defend the colors of the Central African Republic • Photo: Anthony Maurin

Mbina and Ngakoutou in selection but not Ondoa. The Africa zone qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup continue in June. This concerns Nîmes Olympique since Orphé Mbina (23 years old), the NO’s top scorer this season with 12 goals scored including 8 nationally, was selected with the Gabonese selection to face Ivory Coast (June 3) and Gambia ( June 10). The young Wesley Ngakoutou (22 years old) has not appeared since January 15 (Sochaux – Nîmes 1-0) on a match sheet with the Crocos but that does not prevent him from being called up to defend the colors of the Central African Republic which will be opposed to Chad (June 3) then to Ghana (June 10). On the other hand, goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa (28 years old), who participated in the last African Cup of Nations with Cameroon, was not called up by Belgian Marc Brys, the new coach of the Indomitable Lions. The Nîmes goalkeeper, who has one year left on his contract, has only played four games this season (Vauvert, Épinal, GOAL FC and Saint-Étienne), all under the orders of Frédéric Bompard.

The Crocodiles will return to Valenciennes next season. • PHOTOPQR/VOIX DU NORD/MAXPPP

The face of next season. Finally maintained since Friday, the Crocodiles know a little more about the physiognomy of the National for the 2024-25 financial year, which will begin on Friday August 16 and which will end on May 16, 2025. For this season, where we will spend from six to four relegations in National 2 and an accession barrier in addition to the two climbs to Ligue 2, the Nîmes know 14 of their future opponents. They will meet teams they have already faced this season such as Châteauroux, Dijon, Le Mans, Nancy, Orléans, Sochaux and Versailles. FC Rouen is sportingly part of this list but the Norman club is in an extremely precarious financial situation and its future is very uncertain. There will be clubs which are relegated from Ligue 2 such as Concarneau, Quevilly-Rouen and Valenciennes. Then the promoted from N2 with Aubagne, Boulogne-sur-Mer and Bourg-en-Bresse. So much for those who have won the right to play in the National on the field. Three uncertainties remain. The first is not really one with the fourth relegated team from L2 which will undoubtedly be Troyes where Nîmes Renaud Ripart plays. Then, the second ticket for promotion to L2 will be played between Martigues and Niort, the unfortunate man in history will remain in National. Finally, there remains the last ticket to move up from N2 to National and it will be allocated, on the last day, to Paris 13 Atlético or La Roche Vendée.


David Tebib • Photo: Abdel Samari

David Tebib re-elected president of the ANLSP. David Tebib, president of the National Handball League, was unanimously re-elected for three years as president of the National Association of Professional Sports Leagues (ANLSP). At the end of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the action of Nîmes will be to support the development of French professional sport in an increasingly changing economic and international context. “ I thank my colleagues in the professional leagues for their renewed confidence. Always driven by collective interest and taking into account the realities of all our professional leagues, I will notably represent the interests of professional leagues within the framework of the upcoming sports law and continue to work to respond to the many challenges of the development of the professional sport and its adaptation to the challenges of ecological transition », Explains Tebib, the president of USAM. The ANLSP brings together the basketball, football, handball, volleyball, rugby and cycling leagues.


The Nîmes champions of Occitanie. • Photo Billiards club Nîmes.

An Occitanie title for Nîmes. In Béziers, during the three-cushion league final in division 4, the Nîmes achieved the grand slam by winning their three matches against the Hérault team, Toulouse and Saint-Chély d’Apcher with a score of 3 to 0. A team from the Nîmes Billiard club was crowned champion of Occitanie last weekend, during the three-cushion final in division 4. It was made up of Valentin Pironato, already crowned champion of France at band N3 a few weeks ago, Edouard Rodriguez, Alain Guillaumie and Frédéric Prades. This regional title qualifies them for a sector final which will take place in June against a team from Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and another from Aquitaine at the end of which the first will be qualified for the final phase of the championship of France. For this next deadline, the Nîmes will once again be able to count on Régis Grégoire, the fifth man in this team, absent during the regional final in Béziers.



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