Sports – OM – Gambardella: what happened to the kids of 2017?

Sports – OM – Gambardella: what happened to the kids of 2017?
Sports – OM – Gambardella: what happened to the kids of 2017?

Those who broke through

Two names stand out from the starting lineup of OM on May 27, 2017: the central hinge, made up of Boubacar Kamara and Lucas Perrin. The two kids were the most successful. The first played 170 matches in the OM jersey before leaving for Aston Villa in the summer of 2022, where he impressed until his cruciate knee ligament rupture this fall. The second wore the sky and white tunic around fifteen times among the pros, before leaving for Strasbourg, again in the summer of 2022, for €1.5 million. In Alsace, he established himself as a starter (31 L1 matches this season). In this category, we can add Yusuf Sari, who entered the game in the 2017 final and is now a Turkish international and player for Adana Demirspor (24 Süper Lig matches this season), as well as right back Abdallah Ali Mohamed, past in Belgium after OM, and now well established at Stade Lausanne, in the Swiss first division (28 matches this season).

Those who tried abroad

Among those who have not really broken through, we find a few who have mainly tried their luck abroad, like the goalkeeper, Suan Besic. The Bosnian went through the Angers reserve, before going to Portugal, first with the youngsters of Guimaraes, then at Vilafranquense, in the 2nd division, without ever playing too much. He finally ended his career in 2022. Sacha Marasovic, his former Olympian partner (attacking midfielder) had more success: the Croatian played in his country, in Slovakia and now in Bosnia, at GOSK Gabela (14 matches this season). Finally, striker Gent Dinaj, OM scorer in the 2017 final, played in Luxembourg, at US Mondorf (8 matches in the first division), but quickly stopped in 2021.

Those who remained in France

Finally, there are a few who stayed in France without ever making their professional dream come true. Christopher Rocchia, left back, and Florian Chabrolle, attacker, still had the honor of wearing the OM jersey a few rare times, without it launching their careers. The first, loaned to Sochaux then left free for Dijon, no longer has a club, the second neither after playing around twenty matches in Ajaccio between Ligue 2 and Ligue 1.

We find two other former kids in N2 and even in the same Jura Sud team! Raouf Mroivili, defensive midfielder, and Housseine Zakouani, right winger, have taken different paths to find each other this season, since December. For the record, they finished 4th in their group, thanks in particular to 2 goals from Mrvoili (in 13 matches) and 4 goals from Zakouani (in 24 matches).

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