Since the beginning of the week, the leaders of Saint-Brice have been taking care of the lawn of the Léon Graffin stadium where the 8th round of the Coupe de France will take place this Sunday (1:30 p.m.) between the Val-d’Oisienne formation of R1 (6th division) and JA Drancy (N3). A record for Le Petit Poucet Francilien. “We hope that there will be no frost in the night from Saturday to Sunday otherwise we will play the game on our synthetic field,” said José Bandeira, president for 14 years. We are very happy with this great success in the Coupe de France and we hope to continue it a little longer. “
Without competition since the end of the championships at the end of October, FC Saint-Brice has nevertheless been relentless for three weeks by winning widely in front of Montrouge (4-0) in the 6th round and CA Vitry (0-4) in the 7th round. “We were able to play our two games without drawing on our reserves, welcomes the co-trainer Jérémy Bayle, former pro at Louhans-Cuiseaux (D2) in the 1990s. Since the resumption, we have been trying to do a mini-preparation to catch up. physically. The players are very involved. “
The club was able to obtain an exemption from the prefecture of Val-d’Oise so that the workforce can train 3 times a week after the curfew at 6 p.m. These amateur players all have a trade or are students. The best known is defender Alassane Touré who played in L1 at Lens. “Our workforce combines experience and youth. We have four players in the team who made all their classes in Saint-Brice, says José Bandeira. We hope that more and more young people will join the pennant team in the future and that others can become pro. “
This is the case for example with Ernest Seka (Nancy, L2) Yoann Salmier and Lenny Pintor (Troyes, L2). In 10 years, Saint-Brice (750 licensees) has gone from the 2nd departmental level to the 1st regional level and now aspires to an increase in N3 in the future. Yesterday at the start of the afternoon, the players were enthusiastic about their 4th and last training of the week at 24 hours of this historic 8th round for the club. “It’s a chance for us to play football at the moment,” said midfielder Paul Millet. This sectional journey is galvanizing and solidifies our group. In the current context, this brings joy to life. We want to take advantage of these good times and live this adventure as long as possible. “
The winner of this duel between Saint-Brice and JA Drancy will face the winner of the match between Saint-Omer (N3) – Gazelec Ajaccio (N2) on his home turf next Sunday in the 32nd final.