Bad weather for the French in Spain! Like Thomas Heurtel at Real Madrid, Amine Noua (2.03 m, 25 years old) was fired from Andorra for “technical reasons”. At a press conference this Friday, coach David Eudal indicated that the Venissian will not make any of the next two trips (this Sunday to Malaga and Wednesday to Gran Canaria) in order to stay in the Principality to work individually. “No one is essential and we have already shown it”, the deputy Paco Vázquez has reacted, while Andorra is going through a period of turbulence. “This decision is based on many factors and that is why we made it. »
But unlike his compatriot from Real Madrid, the French international (9 teams) already had a way out. Since the end of last week he had reached an agreement with SIG Strasbourg and the formalization fell on Monday: Noua joins the ranks of the Alsatian club until the end of the season, in the form of a loan. He will thus find the Andorran club- who has just announced the arrival of another interior, TJ Cline – in 2022-2023.
Affected by a “long COVID”
Or without a doubt a step back, or at least a step to the side, for Amine Noua. asked by Sports journal in November, he had made these comments. “Now that I have gone to another country, I intend to stay abroad as long as possible. I want to show that I can be an important player in a great team. Inevitably, the conjuncture of events proves that he did not know how to do it. Somewhat more responsible in the Eurocup (19 minutes) than in the Endesa League (17 minutes), he was not very convincing in the two competitions, with averages of 6.4 points at 43% and 2.3 rebounds, despite some flashes of high level ( 19 points). in Seville for his first in Spain or 26 points in Badalone in October). But since the beginning of December, disturbed above all by injuries and above all by a long COVID, he had only exceeded the 6-point bar in the Endesa League once (out of nine).
“We are very happy to be able to add a player of this level to our team, commented his new coach Lassi Tuovi. One of the most important elements is that we signed a player who knows the championship, who has already won it and who has experience of what it is like to be part of a winning team. I know it’s never easy for a player to join a new team at this point in the season, but after my discussions with Amine, I’m very optimistic that he will bring us what we need: experience, size, scoring, but also the mentality. that we must have in this final stretch of the season. He has had a difficult season with Andorra and our job is also to help him regain his confidence and basketball. I am very happy with his arrival in the group and I am confident for this end of the season”.
Son of ASVEL, three-time French champion with Lyon-Villeurbanne, Amine Noua will thus discover another French club for the first time, the one who had been close to signing with AS Monaco two years ago. His experience on the summits is sure to be crucial at the end of SIG’s season, beginning with the Coupe de France final in two weeks’ time against Élan Béarnais. A personal hat-trick at Bercy (after 2019 and 2021) would already be a great way to begin to forget his first failed expatriation… Before trying to return with all confidence.
A group of 11 players in the return of John Roberson
With Amine Noua in their ranks, and perhaps eventually the return of John Roberson, SIG will have a rich roster to wrap up the season. Indeed, while Jordan Howard has a contract until the end of the season, the squad will be able to count on a group of 11 players, to the extent that Jaromir Bohacik should not play again.
- Position 1: Jordan Howard and John Roberson (?)
- 1/2: Jean-Baptiste Maille
- 2/3: DeAndre Lansdowne
- 3/2: Kam Taylor
- 3: Gaylor Curier
- 4/3: Matt Mitchell
- 4: Amine Noua
- 4/5: Leopold Cavaliere
- 5/4: Yannis Morin and Ike Udanoh