French Cup: Yanis Hamache, the Red Star Eaglet

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Getting off the plane this Friday morning in Nice, Yanis Hamache will find himself a little at home. The defender of the Red Star, on loan from OGC Nice, lived here for six years and his studio in Saint-Laurent-du-Var even overlooked the Allianz Riviera where he competed Saturday (1 p.m.) for the 16th Cup final of France. Attendees at the draw, the former pros Benjamin Nivet and Pierre-Yves André had a happy hand for the kid from Marseille born in 1999 and recruited by the OGC during a detection reserved for … 1998. “At the time of draw, I was finishing my dishes and my phone started to vibrate everywhere, ”says the still bright eyes Yanis Hamache.

His former trainer, Emerse Faé, passed the first messages. “First think of the Toulon match (Editor’s note: won 2-1 last Friday in National) because the most important thing is not to win the Cup but to go up to Ligue 2 … “, he asked him. Manu Pires, the centre’s director who spent three years at … Red Star, also had a quick note. It was he who spotted him in his little club in the city of Air Bel in Marseille.

On summer vacation at Yoan Cardinale, the Nice keeper

Yanis Hamache (crouching) and his cousin Selim spent their last summer vacation with Yoan Cardinale (in black), the guardian of OGC Nice./DR

Under contract until 2022, the 20-year-old player therefore arrives in familiar territory. He also collapsed under requests for invitations: 35, until Thursday evening … “I am in a hurry to see everyone again and to show how the Red Star has already made me grow in six months, specifies the person concerned. Apart from a bench in the Coupe de la Ligue against Auxerre, I have never played at the Allianz. There I will have 95 minutes to give everything. “

Facing him, the young Aiglon expects to meet some friends: Evann Guessand, Marseillais like him, Meziane Maoulida, with whom he often invited himself for lunch, or Ignatius Ganago, with whom he has already planned to exchange his jersey At the end of the match.

However, he should not face the goalkeeper (holder in L1) Yoan Cardinale, 25, who took him under his wing last summer. “Without knowing it, we were going on vacation to Marrakech at the same time and when he saw me at the airport, he said to me: cancel your rental, you are my guest for the week. I was with my cousin, I spent the week as a member of his family. Yoan is a very generous guy. “

And the chances of qualification for the Red Star? “At Bauer, we had more chances but even there, everything is possible. Like them, we have two arms, two legs … Even if I know that the Vieira coach, whom I consider a star, has won in him, they can be afraid of us! “

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