Coupe de France (7th round). CS Plédran (R3) – Twins of M’Zouasia (R1), Saturday (2:30 p.m.), at Fred-Aubert
Their main fear? » Cold ! », Proclaims Kami Alonzo, the president since this season. “With us, it’s 32 degrees right now. The players thus went to buy shoes with screwed studs, down jackets, scarves and hats as soon as they arrived in Paris on Monday morning. Housed in Lisses, in Essonne, they will disembark Thursday at the end of the day at Langueux. Before being received Friday, at 11 am, at the town hall of Plédran.
« The Coupe de France is a reward, » said the president. A long-term journey that the 16 players were able to take « without any worries », well helped by the sanitary situation under control on the two islands (Grande Terre and Petite Terre) in the Indian Ocean. « The crisis was well managed, the vaccination campaign respected », underlines Kami Alonzo.
Mahorais from all over France to encourage them
And in the field? The Twins of M’Zouasia are residents of R1. « But we can not compare to an R1 from Brittany, » said the representative of the Violets. The Plédranais expect an athletic challenge. However, he points out « the lack of physical condition, we will not be as ready as them ». Blame it on complicated training conditions. « Our lawns are not great, » admits, to put it mildly, Kami Alonzo, while his stadium has been waiting for three years for locker rooms.
Victorious, Saturday in the league, Combani (2-0), the Ultramarins still have experienced elements. The captain and playmaker, Ben Djadid Kamal (35) played in Épernay in CFA 2. Midfielder Adifane Noussoura (29) lived in Lincoln City, in English D3. « We are trying to play, » assures the manager whose team qualified for the 7th round thanks to his victory in the final of the regional cup, 4-0 against Rosador. That day, it was Antoissi Loutoufi who had burst the screen with a quadruplet. Another name to watch for the Plédranais, especially as Mahorais from all over France (Paris, Marseille, Strasbourg, Caen…) are expected in the stands, in addition to the Bretons of Rennes or Guingamp.