LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Tuesday, January 18

Omarsson and the Nîmes will not find the Palois this weekend (Photo Anthony Maurin).

Like every day from Monday to Friday, discover the Gard sports news in some info.

Nimes Olympic

Pau – Nîmes postponed. After advice from the National Covid Commission of the French Football Federation concerning the number of Nîmes Olympique players who tested positive and were definitely absent for this match, the Professional Football League Competitions Committee decided to postpone the match between Pau and Nîmes which was initially to be played this Saturday at 7 p.m. (22nd day). The Crocodiles will finally go to Béarn on Tuesday February 1 at 7 p.m., during the international break. A period during which the Crocos will also have to play their late match against Valenciennes, Friday January 28 at 7 p.m. Enough to densify the calendar of Nîmes Olympique which, with the reception of Dunkirk scheduled for February 5, will play three matches in eight days.

Two recruits approaching? According to our information, Nîmes Olympique is about to launch its winter transfer window. Two recruits could be formalized quickly. Even if the management of the health crisis is the priority, coach Nicolas Usaï recalled last Friday that he communicated daily with Bruno Pascual, the head of the scout cell, who now manages recruitment since the dismissal of Reda Hammache . « We are working on next season because a lot of players are at the end of their contract and we are anticipating possible departures. Zinedine Ferhat and Karim Aribi may be leaving so we are working on attacking profiles. We are also considering working on a defender » , confided the replacement for Pascal Plancque. The club would like to ratify these arrivals before this Saturday so that the players are qualified to play the postponed match against Pau on February 1. The regulations provide that players must be registered by the LFP before the initial date of the match. If these two comings materialize, the concerned will not be able to take part in the match against Valenciennes.


Captain Julien Rebichon suffers from a sprained ankle (Photo USAM)

No tournament for Rebichon. While waiting to return to competition on February 5 against Cesson, USAM is playing a friendly tournament in Saint-Raphaël in a few days. This Friday at 7 p.m., Nîmes faces Nice before playing against Istres or the host club the next day. Franck Maurice should call 14 players for this double meeting. Yesterday, for the first time in this preparation, the staff was able to work with two complete teams thanks to the participation in the goals of the goalkeeper coach Gabriel Bourguignon but after a few minutes Julien Rebichon was injured. Victim of a sprained ankle, the captain should be out for at least two weeks and joined Gallego, Hesham, Jakobsen, Acquevillo, Nyateu and Tesio in the infirmary. Thus, it was the young Noa Esposito who came to complete the group on Tuesday. Minel, Dupuy, Guigou, Tobie, Salou, Sanad, Poyet and Japanese rookie Yasuhira are the fit pros who will be present this weekend in the Var. USAM are hoping for Keller to return to training on Thursday to support Gouazé as goalkeepers as Desbonnet and Paul are at Euro 2022. The entire squad will undergo a PCR test on Thursday morning.


Fabrice Martin seeded. Engaged alongside Nicolas Mahut at the Australian Open, the Gard doubles specialist, Fabrice Martin, is seeded number 7 at the Australian Open and will have a good shot to play during the fortnight. Deprived of his usual partner Pierre-Hugues Herbert with whom he forms one of the best pairs in the world, Nicolas Mahut has chosen the Nîmes to try to conquer a new Grand Slam tournament. Together, the two men have already won the Antwerp tournament in the fall. For their entry into the running scheduled for Thursday, they will challenge Kazak Nedovyesov and Pakistani Qureshi, two doubles specialists nevertheless within reach of the French pair.

Ice Hockey

The hockey feria will be an opportunity to discover or rediscover this sport (Photo Anthony Maurin).

The Hockey Feria is this weekend. On Saturday, the Nîmes ice rink will be the setting for the Hockey Feria. The Kroko Sports – Hockey sur Glace Nîmes association, in partnership with the French Hockey Federation and the city of Nîmes, welcomes people who wish to learn more about ice hockey, during a festive and educational day. From 10 a.m., the day will be devoted to the discovery of this sport. The first hour will see the ice host an initiation to hockey and then from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. a special initiation for girls (Girl Power). From 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Krokos players and staff will host the Feria. Finally, spectators will be able to attend a senior gala match from 6 p.m.

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