Nîmes Olympique: Marowane Khalid, it was not won…

Nîmes Olympique: Marowane Khalid, it was not won…
Nîmes Olympique: Marowane Khalid, it was not won…

Friday May 10, at 9 p.m. at Les Antonins against Sochaux, Nîmes will still be able to count on its striker trained at the club, savior against Goal FC, who reveals himself late.

Here is a player with an ”amateur” license who will not have shone, Sunday afternoon, on the Regional or Departmental fields. His feat, striker Marowane Khalid accomplished it on Friday evening with pros, in National and, again, on an amateur level pitch. That of Chasselay where, against Goal FC, his goal in the 88th minute offered the victory (2-1) and the maintenance in Nîmes. ”When we got home, dad was waiting for us at home, we had a good weekend as a family”, savored the hero. Before, like a good “amateur”, resuming his work week…. at the Bastide.

An atypical journey

”Today, Adil Hermach (coach) trusted him to play with the National and I am very happy to see that he scores the goal which will keep us going”testifies Yannick Dumas, coach – trainer in 17/19 years at PSG and director of training at NO until June 2023, who had the player in reserve (N3). This is a boy who should have had his chance further. Where I agree with Adil is that we have long asked the question of his positioning. He wanted to play in midfield, at all costs. I think he has other qualities to play in this left offensive position.”

Speed, frequency of foot, percussion… qualities encountered at a young age. ”I started football at Soleil Levant – Pissevin then, from U11 to U17 Nationals (a season)I played in Nîmessays the 25-year-old player, with an atypical career path. Afterwards, I left for a season in Arles, where I played senior (DH), then a year in Portugal (Villareal, D3, amateur, 2016/2017). I then played for two seasons at Paris FC (N3), before returning to Nîmes…”

Yannick Dumas, his former coach in N3: ”If you hang on, you can go out a little later”

It is then a return to square one for the Nîmes native. ”Marowane has his own journeynotes Dumas, who accepted him into his training group, in January 2022, returning from six missed months in Algeria, in Tlemcen (D2), this time professional but… not paid. It’s also an example for other boys to know that at some point, if you stick with it, you can come out a little later.”

Unsurprisingly, for Hermach: ”I know him perfectly, this little one, he explains. He’s a player I wasn’t kind to. I told him that he had something in his feet but that he needed to move on, to play adult football. He’s coming of age and he can do even better than he did.”
This jewel full skylight, twenty meters, 1st professional goal for Khalid, the amateur, is already off to a good start. Celebrated with the coach: ”It’s special because I see Adil a bit like my big brother. Even if, on the field, there is no big brother, he is tough (sic).”

”Signing professionally in Nîmes, for me born here, it would be great”

Rightly so, given the result: ”When he put me on the field, as a reserve, I sulked because I had convinced myself that I had to play in midfield. We had a lot of discussions in his office, for hours and hours. He told me to exploit my qualities 100% and he was right. There, that’s it, he convinced me. My position is on the left side, wrong foot.”
And his future, in Nîmes? ”I don’t worry too much about it (no agent). For now, I’m focusing on the field and we’ll see at the end of the season, we’ll discuss with Sébastien Larcier (sports director). If he offers me something and we agree, signing a professional contract in Nîmes, for me born here, that would be great. You stay at home, it would be nice for everyone.”

The last crocodile echoes

OWNERSHIPS AND REPLACEMENTS – On this Victory Day (May 8, 1945) and after three consecutive victories, the Crocos worked in two groups, this Wednesday at the Bastide. Finally, one group worked more than the other… the substitutes and those not called up for Goal FC ended with a session in front of goal, during which Delpech and Lemaangr stood out. Just like Clément Masse (U19) in the cage. Invited to play with the pros, the young reserve (another one!) Lucas Gherlesquin-Pradier, as a good right-back, multiplied the crosses for the offensive players. As for the current holders, they trotted and walked around the center 48 hours from the Sochaux reception (7:30 p.m., tickets at €5). ”Sometimes, a light session is the best training,” explained coach Adil Hermach.
FLOPS – Among the players remaining in care, two regulars, Doucouré (still struggling with his adductors) and Sy (muscle fatigue / toothache, etc.). Labonne did not train either, having felt discomfort again.



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