LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for next Thursday 14 April

Nicolas Usaï finds his friend Omar Daf (Photo Anthony Maurin).

As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essence of Gard sports news in a few pieces of information.

Olympic Nmes

Usai finds a friend† Nîmes Olympique welcomes FC Sochaux-Montbéliard on behalf of the 33 . on Saturday at 7 p.mand day of the Ligue 2. The Crocodiles who play four games without a win (one draw and three losses) will try to revive themselves to finally get the last missing points to reach this famous 42 point bar. But the task will not be easy for the Gardois against Cubs who have just won three times (Rodez, QRM and Nancy) and who have won the 5and spot, synonymous with play-offs for entry into Ligue 1. This match also promises to be special for coach Nicolas Usaï who finds Omar Daf, an old friend, on Sochaux’s bench. † I have a pretty close relationship with him as he was part of my BEPF promotion (Editor’s Note 2017-18) with Laurent Battles, Julien Stephan and company. He’s a very, very good person. He has great worth and humility.” explains the Nîmes coach who will still leave the feelings in the locker room: “We will be friends before, friends after and opponents for 90 minutes. † The coach has already proved that he has put his friendship aside for 90 minutes since he was at Châteauroux where he crossed paths with Omar Daf four times for a record three wins and a draw.

Cubas back in Nimes. And even if the club has been blocking all comments under his various posts on social networks for several weeks, he continues to post content. Especially small video fragments like this Thursday before the training this afternoon. We see about twenty players leave the locker room to go onto the field. Among them Andrés Cubas who is still in Nîmes. The Paraguayan midfielder is to sign officially with Canadian club Vancouver in the coming days, which plays in MLS, the North American football league and leaves the Gard before the end of the season. He is also not expected to be on the match sheet against Sochaux on Saturday. Sidy Sarr was also present during this collective session. On the other hand, hit on the coast, Zinedine Ferhat was absent. The striker flew to Algeria last night to visit his family in his hometown of Bordj Menaïel. The Algerian international who wants to leave the club is still under contract with Nîmes until June 30.

mr. Lesage excludes Gelson Martins from Nîmes-Monaco in February 2020 (Photo Anthony Maurin)

Lesson on the whistle. It is the experienced Mikaël Lesage (47) who will be the whistle of this encounter between Gardois and Doubistes. It is the ninth time in his career that the man in black has whistled a NO meeting, the first this season. He refereed the Crocos four times in Ligue 1 for a record of two draws, a defeat and a win against Monaco (3-1), on February 1, 2020. Lesage brings good luck to Nîmes in the Coupe de la Ligue, a competition that no longer exists, with two victories over Saint-Étienne in 2018 and Laval in 2010. On the other hand, in Ligue 2, it ended each time in a defeat for Nîmes against Guingamp in 2013 ( 3-0) and in Angers in 2015 (3-0) with a certain Anthony Briançon holder.

USAM Nimes Gard

Sanad and Desbonnet left for selection (Photo Anthony Maurin)

Van Nimes in Blues. Due to the international break, several USAM players left for the selection. Rémi Desbonnet joined the French team for a double showdown against the Spanish team. The first match will be played tonight (21:05) at the Accor Arena in Paris, the second will take place on Saturday in Chambéry (21:05). As for the first team, a second player left for the selection. This is Mohammad Sanad with Egypt. In preparation for the CAN that takes place in Morocco in July, where the Pharaohs are favorites, two friendly matches are scheduled against Algeria this Thursday and Saturday. Finally, several young Usamists have been called up to the Blues: Baptiste Joblon (U21) and Rémi Peyre (U18) among young people, as well as Quentin Pugliese and Sébastien Desbonnet, brother of Rémi, in the French beach handball team.