Struck by the British variant and forced to register only 10 professional players on the scoresheet, Chambly still had to play his Ligue 2 meeting against Clermont this Saturday. In these very complicated conditions, the Oise club finally cracked in the second half (1-0).
The challenge was too high. Struck by the coronavirus, forced to tinker with a starting eleven with the means at hand, FC Chambly Oise bowed this Saturday on the lawn of Clermont (1-0), on behalf of the 25th day of Ligue 2. In the fight for maintenance, the club remains in 18th place in the standings, one point behind the first non-relegation, Guingamp. But he does not have to be ashamed of his performance. Against Clermontois now installed in second place, behind Troyes, the Chambly players did not give up until the hour mark on a cross from Jodel Dossou taken over by Mohamed Bayo, author of his 14th goal of the season (61st ).
Without their coach Bruno Luzi, who developed symptoms, they have long hoped to be able to leave with a point from the Gabriel-Montpied stadium, which would have been a nice breath in a complicated week to say the least. A few hours before kick-off, uncertainty still remained as to the holding of this match. Affected by the British variant of the coronavirus, Chambly was only able to register 16 players on the scoresheet, including only 10 professionals. Retired since 2017, Vincent Planté had to take his place on the bench with the double cap of coach and substitute goalkeeper. A very difficult situation to manage for the Oise club, which has 17 people with the English variant, including 11 players (including one found by an antigen test and not PCR).
Young people from the reserve entered the second half
“Compared to the first positive test, there is something that is unfolding at an enormous speed. It is very contagious and at the same time you have a lot more symptoms. One case happened on the bus, that was enough gloomy in terms of travel. We are a little traumatized “, confided this Saturday morning the president of Chambly Fulvio Luzi on The Indian Paper. However, the Professional Football League (LFP) has decided not to postpone the meeting. The medical protocol adopted at the beginning of September provides that the postponement of a meeting is considered if one of the two teams cannot present at least twenty players tested negative on an initial list of thirty.
Under these conditions, some young people from the Chambly reserve had the opportunity to discover Ligue 2 in Clermont, such as Tony Lesueur (20), Germain Kapela (18) and Paul Schacherer (19). The latter was unfortunately excluded a few minutes after coming into play in the second half. “1-0 defeat for our players. A huge congratulations to them for the match and the efforts made as well as to our young people who entered the game! Proud of you!”, Reacted the club at the end of the match on its Twitter account .