Saint-Affrique: the new SAHB coach, Cyril Hamida, does not want to cut corners

He replaces Sassi Boultif at the head of the Saint-Affrique first team.

Cyril Hamida, 52, is the new coach of the Saint-Affrique Handball (SAHB) senior boys’ pennant team, which plays in the Prénationale. He succeeds Sassi Boultif who left to take up a new challenge at the Beaunes club, in Côte-d’Or.

Originally from the Paris region, Cyril Hamida started handball as a goalkeeper in 6th grade, at the college of Montfermeil, in Seine-Saint-Denis. He spent his first ten years as a player at US Montfermeil with two well-known coaches, Jacques Taillefer and Dominique Bouziane, former Gagny goalkeeper, in the Paris region: “In Montfermeil, we went up to N4, in 1990-1991, the only year of the existence of this division.”

At the same time, Cyril Hamida joined UFR Staps de Paris X Nanterre and the Finances-Levallois club, among the hopefuls. “I met coach Jean-Charles Janin there who marked my career a lot as a player and as a coach. I consider him my hand dad.”

At 22, Cyril Hamida leaves for Puteaux, in National 3, for two years. “Then Jean-Charles contacted me again with the project of going up the Levallois club which plays Preregional. Each year, we go up the division to Prenational. I stayed there from 1995 to 1999, still as a goalkeeper.”

“I had the pleasure of coaching Sébastien Millas and Petre Angelov”

In the early 2000s, at the age of 30, Cyril Hamida turned to training and still played in the Prénationale. He joined various clubs in Île-de-France. From 2003 to 2006, he coached the women’s under-16s in Gagny and followed them to National 2 as Alain Miramon’s assistant.

From 2008 to 2010, he was appointed technical manager of Tremblay-en-France, a first division club, in charge of goalkeepers: “I had the pleasure of coaching Sébastien Millas and Petre Angelov.” At 42, he met an end to his playing career.

From 2010 to 2022, he trains senior girls in N3, N2 and N1 in different cities. The last two seasons, he coached in N3 at Plaisir – Les Clayes, in the Yvelines. Since 2015, he has also been a coach during the stages organized by Joël Abati, the Montpellier Olympic champion. He supervises groups of young people from 10 to 17 years old. This is how he discovered Saint-Affrique during an internship a few years ago.

“My phrase is ‘together on going longer”

“It was a friend who told me that the SAHB was looking for an emergency coach, he says. I had Etienne Bettan on the phone. He explained to me the huge project of the club. It seduced me. I know that Sassi’s work is serious. I want to continue this project in stages. Aiming for the direct climb in National 3 is to do the rooster. The first to choose will be to aim for maintenance as soon as possible. If in January it is assured, we can talk about the second step to overcome, namely the climb. Serious things will begin then.”

For Cyril Hamida, “handball develops the cross-cutting values ​​of everyday life, namely cohesion, solidarity and team spirit. My phrase is “together we go further”. There is the team that plays, it ‘ is the window, behind there is a staff, volunteers, elected officials and the public. I am only a tool.”

Work and have fun

“In my training, I try to ensure that the players progress while having fun, says Cyril Hamida. It’s the work that pays. I don’t change what worked with Sassi. It’s a time saving. I work on the principle of defense – rising ball. In placed attack, we organize ourselves according to the problem posed by the defense. Handball is a game and above all, you have to have fun together. Every time I have coached a team that has gone up to the top division, I have had three promotions in five years, the players have worked well.”

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