LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for this Friday, January 27

As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the basics of Gard sports news in a few details.

Going to Fomba, the next Sadzoute? In the next few hours, Lamine Fomba will officially join AS Saint-Etienne. He had the exit voucher of the most expensive teenager in the history of Nîmes Olympique, who was bought for 3 million euros in the summer of 2019. The Nîmes club, who signed the former Auxerrois on a two-and-a-half-year deal, will pay around €500,000 in damages in the case. In three and a half seasons, Fomba played 110 games in red, including 52 in Ligue 1. He should be back at the Antonines soon as the NO host the Greens on February 20th. It is the fourth start for the Gators this winter, following Naomichi Ueda, Elias Mar Omarsson and Yassine Benrahou. Another player can leave the club until midnight on Tuesday 31 January, the date the transfer window closes. This is Scotty Sadzoute. The left-back is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury in training and his loan at Nimes expires next June. So the Guard club is currently in discussions with Louvain to break the loan. Because that would allow NO to sign an extra player on loan as the limit is five and the club is already at four counting Scott. A credit that can be used to attract an attacker. Among the pieces studied, Bradley Barcola (20), Lyon striker, but not the most advanced. By the end of the weekend, the club hopes to bring in a striker from abroad. Nîmes wants two additional attacking weapons by Tuesday. A left-back could also be recruited, but it is not a priority.

Guessouma Fofana is the second member of the transfer window • Olympia Nimes

“A grown man.” as announced by Gard goal three days ago Guessouma Fofana was made official by Nîmes Olympique this afternoon. The 30-year-old midfielder finds his former coach at Guingamp in 73 Ligue 2 and 29 Ligue 1 games: Frédéric Bompard. The current Crocos coach spoke about his former defender’s arrival at a press conference yesterday: “When I took Gengamp, he was one of my relays on the field. I appreciate the player and the person. I know I won’t have any problems with him. We need such mature guys in the dressing room. I kept a lot. I have a good relationship with him even in Cluj. I trust.” Guessouma is part of a brotherhood of footballers as his older brother Gueida plays for Lyon and the younger Mamadou currently plays for Amiens. Unlike Joseph Lopi, Fofana will not qualify to face Niort at Antonins tomorrow at 19:00 on Matchday 20 of Ligue 2. About a thousand tickets have been sold for this meeting.

Benrahou Hajuk left

Yassine Benrahou was officially presented by the Croatian club • DR

“I hope I haven’t disappointed you.” The day before yesterday, it was Yassine Benrahou who packed his bags to join Hadjuk Split in Croatia until 2026. Nîmes are not paying compensation for the player, who he signed on loan from Bordeaux for €1.5m in July 2020, his first loan six months ago. In three years, Benrahu played 80 games, scored 14 goals and made 13 assists. Last night, the 24-year-old player addressed his supporters on social media and published a thank you message: “I hope I haven’t disappointed you. Between my injuries and the club’s disappointing results, the last few months have been difficult for all the fans of the club I’m a part of.” The former Bordeaux player was left out of the club because the club did not feel he was motivated enough to carry out a maintenance operation. “I wish from the bottom of my heart (and I strongly believe) that the club will succeed in maintaining and continuing in Ligue 2”the interested party concluded his message.


Owner Lakafia. Rugby Club Nîmes, third in Nationale 2 with a game in hand, visit Graulhet, sixth in the table, this Sunday at 3pm. The goal for Nîmes is to win at Kaufmann to stay in touch with the top two places. For this match, Guillaume Aguilar decided to set up Lakafia, returning from injury, and resume with Sabbia again in the opening half. Barnerias also returns, but will start on the bench. The Georgian column Nikoloz Kardava, who was recruited as a medical joke, arrived in Nimes from Aurillac this Friday, but he is not yet qualified. It should be noted that Bonnet, D. Pichard and Laurencien will play against Espoirs on Sunday.

Nimes starting XV: Duprat, Phalip, Barbet – Gely, Gonzalez – Vernier (cap.), Sparano, Llabres – Philips, Sabbia – Lakafia, Demars, Guillimin, Pichard – Roche. Subs: Marra, Nierat, Kelly, Barnerias, Chiker, Chastaing, Bowman, Nouri, Ngandu, Roca.

Corentin George

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