Coupe de France 32emes : Canet Roussillon FC v Sud Nivernais Imphy Decize
This fixture ensures lower league representation in the next round as 5th tier Canet Roussillon take on 6th tier SN Imphy Decize. While this gives both sides a decent chance of progressing, it seems that both are a little disappointed not to get a bigger opponent – one local paper saying that SNID ‘could dream of PSG’ before the draw for the 9th round.
They will have to focus on getting through this, to perhaps meet up with starrier opponents in round 10. CRFC, however, have already got one bigger-league scalp to their name, having beaten Ligue 2’s AC Ajaccio 2-0 in the last round – the second a penalty from Toufik Ouadoudi, the first what sounds like a scrambled effort, as the club’s Facebook page reported that “Y a un dilemme entre Pierre et Mathieu lol, ils savent pas qui a marqué” – referring to number 10 Pierre Mahieu and number 9 Mathieu Barbier not knowing who had scored. Footnational have it as Barbier, if that makes things any clearer.
The current iteration of this Catalan club near to Perpignan is the 7th in a history stretching back to 1934, including a long spell as Perpignan FC from 1952-1997, during which time current Dijon coach Olivier Dall’Oglio played for them. Manager Raphaël Girardot says, “ce n’est pas tous les jours que nous arrivons à ce stade de cette compétition” (it’s not every day you get to this point in the competition) but it seems that this is the furthest they have ever got in over 80 appearances in the cup. A historic moment indeed.
Facing them will be ‘SNID’, the team from Nièvre in central France, under their manager Patrice Degironde. They also have a non-linear history – their foundation listed as 2003 but this a fusion of two clubs, SC Imphy and AS Decizoise, who trace their beginnings back to 1925 and 1932 respectively.
They have also already faced higher-ranked opposition – while not of quite the same order as beating a Ligue 2 side, they beat fourth-tier Bergerac Perigord 3-0 in the last round, with no mistake about the scorers. Jacky Meindu put the icing on the cake with an injury-time third, but the tie was decided by two goals from Omar Ouled. These were his first for the club he joined in October, but seem unlikely to be his last – originally from Lyon, where he was friends with one Nabil Fekir, Ouled was a serial scorer for his previous club La Charité.
Home advantage and league position will make Canet Roussillon the favourites for this, but if Ouled is firing, he has shown that he can make the difference, and SN Imphy Decize cannot be ruled out as these two smaller clubs look to make history in the Coupe de France.