Eight years after its descent into Ligue 2 at the end of the 2013-2014 season, AC Ajaccio is making its comeback in Ligue 1 this year. For the team of coach Olivier Pantaloni, it is the maintenance objective. The Corsicans intend to do everything to bring their region back to the heart of football in France.
The results of AC Ajaccio last season
At the end of a disputed season in Ligue 2, the Ajacciens finished in 2e place in the standings with 75 points on the clock. A length longer than AJ Auxerre, their direct pursuer. The Corsican team obtained in 38 league games 22 wins, 9 draws and conceded 7 defeats.
Coach Olivier Pantaloni’s team has held the Toulouse leader’s runner-up seat 15 times. Over two days, AC Ajaccio even took the top step of the podium. It was on the 18th and 19the days.
The teammates of captain Mathieu Coutadeur have the merit of not having conceded any defeat against the teams of the Top 3 of the Ligue 2 championship. Better still, they secured their place as runners-up by winning against leader Toulouse in the very last day thanks to a goal from Riad Nouri in the 28the minute.
The movements of the off-season
The Corsican leaders did not want to upset the balance of a group that did rather well last season.
Thus, only four arrivals were recorded in the off-season. The club relies on Ligue 1 experience to strengthen the workforce.
This is how Thomas Mangani arrived from Sco d’Angers for two years. At 36, the midfielder will put his experience at the service of the team. Same for Romain Hamouma. The former member of AS Saint Etienne signs for one season.
The 35-year-old striker will also guide the young Ajaccian guard. To make the mix, AC Ajaccio has secured the services of Kevin Spadanuda. The 25-year-old midfielder arrives from FC Aarau, a Swiss 1st division club.
He signed a 3 year contract. In defense, the Corsican club has also strengthened with the arrival of Amiénois Mickaël David Alphonse from Maccabi Haifa. In addition to these transfers, there are the loan returns of Simon Elisor, Lucas Pellegrini, Tony N’Jike and Sidney Mboumini.
In the departures department, Jean-Philippe Krasso and Clément Vidal each returned to their club. On the other hand two players are transferred. Faïz Mattoir, the Comorian striker who returned from loan to Cholet, and free of any contract, has signed for Almere, a club in the Dutch second division. Gédéon Kalulu Kyatengwa also leaves the free Corsican club and now joins FC Lorient.
To sum up:
Thomas Mangani (Angers);
Romain Hamouma (ASSE);
Mickaël David Alphonse (Maccabi Haifa);
Kevin Spadanuda (FC Aarau);
Simon Elisor, Lucas Pellegrini, Tony N’Jike and Sidney Mboumini (Return from loan)
Faiz Mattoir (Almere);
Gideon Kalulu Kyatengwa (FC Lorient);
Jean Philippe Krasso ASSE, Clément Vidal (end of loan);
The AC Ajaccio squad this season
Here is the AC Ajaccio squad for the 2022-2023 season
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The player to watch
Like the Corsican team, the players also have things to prove this season in Ligue 1 Uber Eats.
At 35, Romain Hamouma will be the bridgehead of the Ajaccio attack. The former Saint-Etienne has the experience of the league 1. He is the author of about sixty goals under his different colors in the championship of France.
The ACA calendar this season
For their return to Ligue 1, Les Corses will start their season at Groupama Stadium against Olympique Lyonnais. A real introduction for the promoted who will not have time to gamble with the receptions of Lens and Lille, interspersed with trips to Rennes and Montpellier.
The Ajacciens will mark two dates in October, the 9th and 23rd with respectively the reception of Marseille and a trip to the Park against the Parisian defending champion.