LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Wednesday, May 15, 2024

A player on trial, Adil Hermach will rotate in Martigues, the movement of supporters limited and Thibault Giresse scorer

Nimes Olympic

Nassim Bouaoune on trial. The end of the season is approaching and some know that they will not be present for the last match in Martigues on Saturday (6 p.m.). This is the case for those who did not participate in training this Wednesday. This list includes Lucas Dias (recovery phase), Vicenzo Cozzella (shoulder), Rony Labonne (relapse), Sané (injured), Doucouré (adductors) and probably Abdallah Lemaangr who was not in the group. For central defender Waly Diouf, there is uncertainty since he interrupted his session due to hamstring discomfort. There were those absent, but also a new face in the person of Issam Bouaoune (21 years old). A midfielder from Montlouis (N3) where he scored nine goals this season. “ I play at number eight », explained the Algerian U20 international, who passed through Valenciennes where he rubbed shoulders with Mathis Picouleau. This player, who is a future good player » according to a former Crocodile who is always well informed, has until the end of the week to convince the Nîmes staff to keep it.

Dagui Paviot and Wesley Ngakoutou could start the match in Martigues • Photo: Anthony Maurin

It will turn out.Be more demanding of yourself! “. If this morning’s training session took place in a lighter atmosphere than usual, Adil Hermach’s desire not to waste the last day of the championship remains intact. “ We will play to win », insisted the Nîmes coach who will lead the team for the last time this Saturday. For the Nîmes, saved in National since last week, the goal will be to string together a fifth victory and go on vacation on a good note. But facing FC Martigues, who will play for the promotion to Ligue 2, the task does not look easy. This final meeting of the season could also be an opportunity to show themselves for players who have not had much playing time and who have not managed to establish themselves. According to the indications noted this Wednesday, we can deduce that Fabrice Ondoa (4 matches this season), Patrick Burner (who missed the last six matches due to injury), Dagui Paviot (5 league matches this season ), Léon Delpech (who has not started in the championship since December 2, 2023, against Red-Star), Wesley Ngakoutou (who has not played since December 15 at Sochaux) and Axel Thoumin (the Nîmes most often entered during the match (19 times) could well start the match at the Francis-Turcan stadium. This is what we call turning or giving one last opportunity to shine before perhaps leaving the club.

Several hundred Nîmes supporters made the trip to Marignane • Photo: Anthony Maurin

Supervised and limited travel. Yesterday, the Bouches-du-Rhône prefecture decided to publish a prefectural decree in order to regulate and limit the movement of Nîmes supporters for the match on Saturday at 6 p.m. against Martigues. Nearly 300 supporters wanted to come and cheer on the Crocos at the Francis-Turcan stadium for this last match of the season, but the prefecture limited the number to 150 people. Thus, only two buses from Gladiators (100 people) and one from the Nemausus 2013 group (50 people) will go to Martigues. A supervised trip, authorized only by coach, under police escort to arrive at the stadium. The decree also provides that any person claiming to be a supporter of Nîmes Olympique, that is to say wearing a NO jersey or scarf, is prohibited from near the stadium. Such precautions are taken because the authorities fear that neighboring Marseille supporters will attack the Nîmes. “There is a strong antagonism between ultras supporters at risk from Marseille and ultras supporters of Nîmes Olympiquespecifies the prefecture before adding that, the terrorist threat remains at a high level in France; that the police forces cannot be diverted from this priority mission to respond to excesses linked to the behavior of supporters during sporting events.” The atmosphere is likely to be hot in Turcan while the Martégaux must win, or do better than Niort, to move up to Ligue 2.

Giresse scorer. Yesterday evening, many former footballers and personalities gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parc Lescure, the legendary Girondins de Bordeaux stadium now occupied by the Bordeaux-Bègles rugby club. For the occasion, a gala match was organized between the legends of the Gironde club and the Variété Club de France. A real football celebration which made it possible to raise more than 70,000 euros for Secours populaire and the Abbé-Pierre Foundation but above all to see players from different generations rub shoulders like this magical environment made up of Zidane, Gourcuff and Giresse. “The little prince of Lescure”, the most capped player and top scorer in the club’s history with the scapular, played almost the entire first period at the age of 71. In the second period, another Giresse came into play. It was his son, Thibault, assistant coach of Nîmes Olympique, who played with Variété. At 42, the former midfielder, who played for Toulouse and Guingamp, showed that he had good leftovers on his left foot. He scored his team’s second goal despite the 5-3 defeat.

USAM Nîmes Gard

Michaël Guigou, Jordan Fluet and Renaud Boulanger

Michaël Guigou, Jordan Fluet and Renaud Boulanger • Photo USAM

Jordan Fluet medalist. After six days in Ankara in Turkey, on the occasion of the Mediterranean championship, the French U17 team with the USA team Jordan Fluet distinguished itself by collecting a first international medal, that of bronze. After a very rhythmic program with confrontations against Kosovo, Iraq, Montenegro, Romania and Croatia, the Blues won in the match for third place against the host country, Turkey (25-16). A gathering under the sign of progress and learning therefore for Guillaume Joli’s group assisted in particular by Michaël Guigou and Renaud Boulanger (Pôle Espoir Occitanie). The French U17 men’s team will also be in Nîmes for an internship with Spain from July 4 to 7.

Rugby Club Nîmes

Hopes disqualified. Sunday, in Saint-Yrieix-la-Perche (Haute-Vienne), the Espoirs of the Rugby Club Nîmois played, against Rennes Etudiants Club, a quarter-final of the French National championship. The match started badly for the Gardois who were trailing 20-8 at the break. But the RCN turned everything around in the second half and won 30-26. The young Nîmes were therefore preparing to meet Stade Dijon Côte d’Or in the semi-final on May 19. But Nîmes’ joy was short-lived since the Rennes club filed a complaint this Monday regarding the players qualified to play this match. The Breton request was heard and after deliberation of the championships commission, the French Rugby Federation decided to disqualify the RCN Espoirs. “We are sorry for the hopeful players and their staff who had a very good season and thank them for their unfailing investment. Our disappointment is great, but we take note of the decision taken by the authorities,” reacted, in a press release, the Rugby Club Nîmes.



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