As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essence of Gard sports news in a few pieces of information.
Cuba leaves… It’s not official yet, but it’s on the right track: Andrés Cubas will leave Nîmes Olympique before the end of the season. Last Saturday in Niort (0-0), the midfielder played his 50th and probably his last game with the red tunic. Indeed, in the coming days, he should be teaming up with Vancouver’s Canadian club that plays in MLS, the North American soccer league. The Whitecaps have made an offer of 3 million euros that the Crocos will accept. “He is a player with a great mentality and who wanted to leave. The club recovers the amount invested and, moreover, the maintenance is almost registered », confirms a person close to the file. Nîmes had recruited the Paraguayan international from Talleres (Argentina) in July 2020 for €2.9 million. In the MLS, the transfer window ends at the end of April, so Andrés Cubas must reach his new destination before this deadline. The club should therefore not take the risk of playing him against Sochaux on Saturday, because an injury could cancel this transfer. His wife never acclimated to Gard life and wanted to go back to South America, it will be the right continent but eventually a little further north.
And the others ? It is quite surprising to see a player leave his club before the end of the season. Lamine Fomba, Yassine Benrahou, Niclas Eliasson or even Moussa Koné probably want to follow the same path as Andrés but for now no serious offer has been sent to NO. But these players will be in demand during the summer transfer window. As for players at the end of the contract, no significant change. The club intends to exercise the purchase option for Per Kristian Bratveit (€400,000). The Norwegian goalkeeper loves Nîmes and should therefore sign there permanently. His pleasing profile to Nicolas Usaï, Moustapha Mbow was able to extend his loan for another year. Talks have not yet started regarding the three players who have been trained at the club, Pablo Martinez, Anthony Briancon and Gaetan Paquiez. The issue of a pay cut will be at the heart of negotiations to consider an extension, as the first two cities are part of the NO’s three main allowances with Zinedine Ferhat. According to our information, even if their salaries have dropped with the descent of the elite, they remain quite high for a Ligue 2 club and Nîmes would not be able to continue hiring them. Zinedine Ferhat leaves. Julien Ponceau’s call option, which is too high (€1.5 million), is not being exercised. With regard to the extension of Antoine Valerio and the first professional contract of Léon Delpech, the talks have not been successful. The agents of the two players are said to have demanded a certain amount for their wages that the NO did not accept, deemed too high.
Beaumelle on the market† Yesterday, the Ivorian Football Association confirmed that the Jonquiérois Patrice Beaumelle is no longer the coach of the Ivory Coast after two years of good and loyal service. Since his contract ended after CAN 2022 where the elephants were eliminated in 8and, de Gardois had been extended for an additional two months to play the two friendlies he started, against France and England, which ended in two defeats: 2-1 and 3-0. The Ivorian federation is currently going through a prolonged period of instability with new elections expected to take place at the end of the month. After the appointment of a new chairman, the coach does not rule out continuing the adventure with CAN 2023 in the emerging country: “It’s 50/50. To be fair, the work is done sportively. On the other hand, there is too much artistic vagueness around this team. To make this work, you need a real boss to put football back at the center in the federation.” responds the person concerned who had to miss two players during the last training session, the day before the match against France, due to visa problems. “There is a real team, if they give me all the weapons I can fight with”, he adds. But the Ivorian federation has an interest in hurrying because the former assistant coach of Nîmes Olympique (2005-2008) is coveted. He was about to take over the Egyptian roster, but in the end a local candidate was preferred over him. Those currently recharging their batteries in the Cevennes are not only interested in a selection. He has also been approached by a few Ligue 1 clubs and even in Europe. “What I want is a project with a president in front of me who has serious short-term and long-term ideas. I don’t want to hit”, concludes the double African champion. His future should soon become clear.
USAM Nimes Gard
USAM is committed to the environment† From this Wednesday and until Sunday 24 April, the National Handball League is organizing an eco-jogging campaign (also called plogging for fans of Anglicism). Through the “Green Zone” charter, signed by the 32 French professional clubs, including USAM, the teams are committed to making their community aware of respect for the environment. Charter signatories must ban single-use plastic water bottles at sports venues. Also ban “match night” print media for individual use. This also includes participating in a joint annual eco-responsible action and experimenting with an action in the field of responsible nutrition or active mobility. For example, next Wednesday (April 20) from 2 to 4 p.m., all players of the the green team will be present for this ecological jogging in the Jardins de la Fontaine with three circuits prepared around the monuments of Nîmes. The club invites all its licensees, subscribers, partners and all of Nîmes to participate in the operation. The Océan company will provide logistical assistance.