LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Tuesday, November 8

Malik Tchokounté had a shorter session (Photo Yannick Pons)

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

Nimes Olympic

“Put your head back in place. » For the first time in six days, Nîmes Olympique were not relegated. The Crocos are in 16th place thanks to the extra goal scored against Dijon. So, there were smiles on the faces of the players this morning at La Bastide, especially after defeating the leader of Bordeaux (1-0) for the last match in the history of the Costières stadium. But of course nothing has been decided after only 14 days of debate. “We moved quickly to Bordeaux. We had a great day but since yesterday, we had to put things in context because we haven’t achieved any goals apart from winning at home although we feel like that is a bit more in terms of context”, wanted to remind coach Nicolas Usaï. Before adding: “You have to keep your head straight and don’t forget that you’re staying close to the red zone and you don’t want to look back. » In his role, the coach wants to prevent his players from becoming tipsy. A good atmosphere yes, but also trying to prepare perfectly for the 15th day of Ligue 2 coming up on Saturday at 7 pm with the trip to Niort. With the red lantern, Nîmes have a mission to finally win their first away win of the season. This will make it possible to pass the long non-relegation international truce. This morning, as usual, Mahamadou Doucouré was in care. Nicolas Benezet’s stay in Montpellier was extended by a week (until the 17th). For the moment, no evolution, he still feels pain in his right ankle. Otherwise it was all hands on deck, Malik Tchokounté stopped after an hour but planned to save it.

Olympique d’Alès in the Cévennes

Nicolas Guibal new coach? Since the resignation of Stéphane Saurat on Monday, the interim head coach has been given to Christophe Vialet who suffered his first defeat on Saturday against Saint-Priest (0-1). Among the suitors, one seems to be in pole position to become the new OAC coach. This is Nicolas Guibal. At the age of 51, Sétois spent his entire amateur career as a player in Hérault (Frontignan, Sète, Lunel) before becoming coach at Fabrègues then at Sète in 2018. In the last two seasons, he coached at National. The Sète club held its own sport last year but was administratively demoted. The latter was present on Saturday at the Pautex stadium. His arrival could be formalized during the week as assistant André Basile, former player and coach of Alès then left for Lattes. The two men were also at the Stade Pautex on Saturday and were seen talking.

Maël Zogba, OAC’s new central defender (photo: OAC)

Zogba recruited. Before perhaps announcing a new coach, the OAC announced, this Tuesday morning, the arrival of Maël Zogba. He is a 22-year-old central defender who has been without a club since leaving FC Chambly last summer who were relegated to N2. For two weeks, the player was on trial at the Moulinet complex and therefore the Alesian club decided to recruit him. Versatile, he can also occupy the defensive midfielder position. Born in Lyon on January 19, 2000 and trained in Auxerre, he went through AS Saint-Priest (N2, last weekend’s OAC winners), Goal FC then FC Chambly Oise. This is another reinforcement in the position of central defender which is very much in supply within the Cévennes workforce.

USAM Nimes Gard

Children’s party. Sunday at 3:30 pm, USAM welcomes Nantes to Parnassus for day 9 of the Starligue. The club has decided that the theme of this meeting will be: Children’s Day! From 2 pm and the opening of the doors, a Tumbling mat (acrobatic gymnastics), supervised and brought to life by Urban Jump, will be placed in the outer forecourt of the North hall, as well as a handball cage with targets. A workshop led by Burger King that will offer menus, snacks and goodies. In the North hall inside will be placed a video game corner on the Switch Game Sport console in collaboration with Fnac of Nîmes and animated by USAM volunteers. Make-up stands and gourmet stands (popcorn, pancakes, etc.) are also available. Finally at the field, the distribution of candy will take place 15 minutes before the match. It will be the youngest dancer of the Gym Danse association who will set the mood. Players of both teams will be accompanied by young supporters of the Green team. A collection of toys is also set up so that every child has a gift for Christmas for the benefit of the operation “Let your heart speak” organized by Ecosystem (Eco-Company non-profit general interest) with relation to Nîmes Metropolis.

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