LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Friday, October 28

Like every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essentials of Gard sport news in a few infos.

Olympic Nimes

The president has spoken. To put an end to this bad streak of eight games without a win, we decided to talk to each other this week at Nîmes Olympique. A sign that the situation is serious with this 16th place in the standings, President Rani Assaf, whose word is rare, came this morning to the Bastide training center to discuss with the players. « Everything went very well, he was there to motivate us. He has the impression that we don’t want to, but as I answered him: » we want to show him that we want to play the leading roles « , explained Senegalese striker Moussa Koné (see in the video above), author of the last four goals scored by the NO. After an exclusive interview with the players, Rani Assaf met the staff. Following the defeat at Guingamp (3-1) last Saturday, Pascal Plancque asked his players if his message was still getting through. « To me, they didn’t tell me anything directly and I don’t think there was any feedback that the group had let go of the coach », he confided. The latter spoke with some players and tried to reassure that no one was pretending on the pitch, « I saw a few players in individual interviews, they reassured me about their state of mind and their willingness to get involved. But tomorrow will have to be shown. »

Bratveit and Burner in the group. Package during the last two meetings after being hit in the knee, Bratveit is back in the group for the reception of Niort tomorrow at 7 p.m. as part of the 14th day of Ligue 2. « But I don’t think he will debut », said his coach who should renew Dias as a goalkeeper. The situation should be the same for Burner, who came out at the break in Brittany because he was hit in the ribs, who was called up but who should start on the bench. Apart from the tenure of Paquiez, the starting eleven will undoubtedly resemble the one aligned in the previous match. Pontet, Zaidan, Sarr, Aribi and Doucouré played a friendly match with the reserve this afternoon near Martigues.

The selected group: Bratveit, Dias – Paquiez, Burner, Guessoum, Ueda, Philibert, Sainte-Luce – Cubas, Fomba, Delpech, Valerio, Ponceau, Eliasson, Ferhat, Benrahou – Koné, Omarsson.

The probable eleven: Dias – Paquiez, Guessoum, Ueda, Sainte-Luce – Cubas – Benrahou, Ponceau, Fomba, Ferhat – Koné.

The Nemausus gathered last night to unite around their opposition to Rani Assaf (photo Norman Jardin)

The Nemausus enter into resistance. A public meeting took place last night at the Brasserie des Costières. Organized at the call of the group of supporters Nemausus 2013, this meeting brought together about fifty fans of the Crocodiles, including members of the Gladiators. For two hours, supporters of Nîmes Olympique flaunted the poor image they had of Rani Assaf, the shareholder president of the NO. Worried about the future of their club, the supporters decided to carry out protest actions against the one who crystallizes all their criticisms. During this consultation, many ideas were proposed to alert the public: demonstration in front of the town hall of Nîmes, mobilization in front of the arenas or the use of smoke were among the proposals. Nothing is decided yet but the reception of the Chamois Niortais tomorrow is too close to set up an action. The Nemausus and their supporters want to call on the people of Nîmes and local politicians to unite an opposition to Rani Assaf. Their first action could well be the broadcast on the big screen of the match between the Crocos and Quevilly-Rouen in the parking lot of the Costières stadium on November 20.

Olympique Alès en Cévennes

Amine Sbaï made the heyday of the OAC last season (Photo OAC / DR)

The flight of an ex? Top scorer in the OAC last season with 9 goals in 11 appearances, Amine Sbaï went to think bigger in the offseason by signing in National 1 at FC Sète. If he struggled to find a place in the Hérault group, the left winger remains on two starts and even scored his first goal in the division this Tuesday evening, opening the scoring during the great success of his family against Boulogne (4-0). « I’m happy for him, he scored a nice goal », appreciates Philippe Mallaroni, general manager of the OAC. Remained on good terms with the player, the Alesian leader even attended the first match of the ex-darling of Pibarot last August. « I told him that our paths will perhaps cross again one day », replays the one who aims to raise his club to two divisions by 2024.

French Cup

Ask for the program! No championship this weekend, place in the 6th round of the Coupe de France with seven other Gard clubs involved. The OAC, leader of N3, receives the third Blagnac tomorrow at Pibarot (19h). Just before, at 5 p.m., Langlade-Bernis (D2) will try to achieve a new feat against Alberes / Argeles (N3). At 6 p.m., Rousson (R1) will try to get his qualification on the ground of Toulouse Métropole FC (R1). On Sunday, Vauvert (R2) will finally play at 2:30 p.m. at the Perrier stadium in Vergèze against Frontignan (R1). Same schedule, for the only 100% Gard duel between Uchaud (R2) and Nîmes Chemin-Bas (R2). Finally, Chusclan-Laudun (R3) will be opposed to Saint-Estève (R1).

USAM Nimes Gard

Minel is added to the list of absent for the trip to Istres (Photo Corentin Corger)

Five absent for Istres. Sunday at 5 p.m. for the 8th day of Starligue, USAM moves to the istrean red lantern with the ambition to regain victory and end a series of three consecutive defeats in the league. « There are no other words to put on our ills than to win », poetically expresses Franck Maurice who expects a real duel in the Bouches-du-Rhône: “It’s going to be a tense, tough, combat-oriented game. We remember the tension in the last game of last year where there was no stake (Dupuy had been expelled, editor’s note). They are looking for points and we are looking for a win.  » For this meeting, the coach is deprived of five players: R.Salou, Tesio, Hesham, Nyateu and Minel. The former chamberlain felt pain during warming up on Tuesday against AEK Athens (27-26 defeat), he will undergo an MRI tomorrow to confirm or not the suspicion of inguinal hernia. The young Gibernon, Pugliese and Derisbourg come to compensate for these absences and complete a group of 15 players.

The selected group: Desbonnet, Paul – Gallego, Poyet, Dupuy, Jakobsen, Acquevillo, Tobie, M.Salou, Guigou, Sanad, Rebichon, Derisbourg, Gibernon, Pugliese.

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