Thursday, December 14, 2017

Ankaragucu vs Manisaspor match preview!

Ankaragucu are back at home on Sunday afternoon as they host Manisaspor at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara although there will be a partial ban in the Gecekondu section due to swearing in previous matches. Another great idea from TFF, let’s ban fans from stadiums for swearing, let’s fine clubs who are already struggling financially??? They really are clueless.

Before we look at this weekends match, a big well done to the Ankaragucu management as they have set the Manisaspor fans tickets at 1 Turkish Lira. This is in response to Manisaspor charging Ankaragucu fans 50 Turkish Lira when they met in Manisa 2 years ago. A lot of clubs would have given them a taste of their own medicine, but the Ankaragucu management have shown a touch of class and sent out a message that football fans should be treated with respect.

Ankaragucu and Manisaspor are having contrasting seasons, with Ankaragucu high flying at the top of the table, while Manisa are 2nd from bottom and face an uphill battle to stay in the league. Ankaragucu drew 2-2 at Gazisehir last week and will be looking to get back to winning ways on Sunday.  Manisaspor lost 2-1 at home against Altinordu at the weekend and followed that up with a respectable 1-1 draw against Besiktas midweek. It’s worth noting that Besiktas won the first leg 9-0.

Gencer Cansev and Sedat Agcay both missed out last weekend and it’s no coincidence that Ankaragucu dropped their first points in 9 games. Sedat in particular was a big miss in the middle of the Park especially when his replacement Abdulkadir Kayali went off injured.

One of the areas of concern for Ankaragucu is the left back position. Both Mehmet Sak and Ferhat Kiraz have struggled defensively and it must be an area the club address in the January transfer window. With only 2 games remaining before the winter break, Ankaragucu will be able to call on Tonia Tisdell, Mbamba Kibong and Nduka Ozokwu who were all out with injury and unregistered for the first half of the season. Tonia in particular will be a key player.

Those injuries to Tonia and Nduka have allowe Kenan Özer to cement his place in the starting line up and he hasn’t disappointed with some excellent performances and again will be a key player at the weekend.

It’s expected that Umut Nayir will return to the starting line up now that he is fit in place for Lanre Kehinde who has failed to impress in his last 2 outings. Anton Putsila is the stand out player in the Ankaragucu team in terms of ability, he just needs to find that consistency as he tends to have spells in games where he isn’t involved.

Manisaspor although struggling at the foot of the table still have a couple of players in Slavko Perovic and Axel Meye who are capable of hurting teams if not given the respect they deserve. I’m sure İsmail Kartal as particular as he is will have earmarked Perovic as the key man.

In other news, New Ankara Mayor has stated that the new Ankara stadium will be ready for the start of next season. If it is, then it will be the quickest built Stadium in history imo.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Sunk in the last minute

This was a six-pointer and Gencler managed to give it away in the last few minutes. A disappointing end to a fairly disappointing match.

Antalyaspor 1 - 1 Genclerbirligi

Just a few fans down at the Alerta on Sunday afternoon... probably as many as made the trip down to Antalya. The pre-match talk in the pub was that this was one for the taking with Antalya being rubbish at the moment and their coach had quit on the night before the match.

The general views seemed correct once the game got underway. The only thing was that Gencler were just as bad as the home side. First half finished 0-0 with bugger all chances for either side.

Second half though and we started to attack and it paid off when Elvis Manu broke free and made a short cross to Jailton who knocked it in. Nice goal.

At about 85 minutes I had to leave and it wasn't until I was in the bus on my way home when I saw a whole heap of messages on whatsap. We had clearly conceded.

Then late last night another stream of messages. This time from Mehmet Soylu, the Gencler fan who has filed a criminal complaint against Umit Ozat for insulting him on Instagram. According to Soylu, Ozat confronted him in the bus on the way to the plane at Antalya airport. Ozat was swearing away at him.

Soylu's 15 year-old son was recording the incident when his phone was taken out out of his hand by fullback Zeki Yavru and the recording deleted.     

The arguments continued on the plane and the cabin crew were forced to intervene.

Oh dear, oh dear.

Onto next week and our last home game of the first half of the season. It is also the last match on our season tickets... There has been no announcement on where we will be playing for the second half of the season.

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Gazisehir 2-2 Ankaragucu match report!

Ankaragucu had to settle for a share of the points today at Gazisehir after a spirited comeback from 2-0 down. The team now extends its unbeaten record to 11 games with 9 wins and 2 draws. Ankaragucu remain top of the league after Umraniyespor drew 2-2 at home with Balikesirspor in the early kick off.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Alihan, Lukasz, Ferhat, Abdulkadir, Arif, Putsila, Ilhan, Kenan, Kehinde

Subs - Altay, Yusuf, Mahmut, Dieng, Mert, Mehmet, Doka, Enes, Umut Nayir

İsmail Kartal was forced into some changes with Gencer and Sedat both missing out, while Korcan returned to the starting line up. Umut Nayir had to make do with a place on the bench as he returns from injury.

Ankaragucu started the match well with some nice passing and almost took the lead after 4 minutes. A lovely move involving Kenan and Putsila who set up Ilhan Parlak, he then chipped Stachowiak in the Gazisehir goal but the ball was cleared off the line. A great chance and Ilhan should have done better. Four minutes later Erdem saw his free kick turned round the post by Stachowiak.

From then on, it was all Gazisehir who looked pretty impressive especially Del Valle who was causing all sorts of problems for the Ankaragucu defence. Their first chance came for Pierre Webo but for an outstanding block by Abdulkadir who unfortunately injured himself in the proceedings and was replaced with Mehmet Sak.

Pierre Webo although coming to the later part of his career, showed his class at times in the match and almost gave Gazisehir the lead with a curling shotthat went inches wide after skipping easily past Alihan.

In the next 10 minutes Gazisehir would have another 4 chances. First through Gokhan whose shot was easily saved from Korcan, then Reis saw his shot deflected just wide of the post with Korcan beaten and then Gokhan and Del Valle saw their efforts go over.

Gazisehir saw a penalty appeal turned away in what looked like a decent shout but BeIN never showed the replay so difficult to tell. A minute later they would get their penalty though after Mehmet got tangled with the Gazisehir player in the box. Up stepped Pierre Webo to make it 1-0.

Ankaragucu had a chance just before the break after a great cross into the box for Kenan who saw his header brilliantly saved by Stachowiak.

Halt Time - Gazisehir 1-0 Ankaragucu

It only took 5 minutes for Gazisehir to double their lead. This time though the impressive Gokhan Alsan as he beat a couple of players before firing his shot which was deflected past Korcan to make it  2-0.

İsmail Kartal brought Doka on for Mehmet to try and salvage something from the game. Ankaragucu started to come into the game and Putsila was driving the side forward with some of his mazy runs. He went close on the 65th minute beating his man beautifully before shooting from just outside the box but Stachowiak made another good save.

A minute later Ankaragucu were awarded a penalty after Arif Morkaya was brought down inside the area. Up stepped Ilhan to fire the ball past Stachowiak to make it 2-1. The travelling Ankaragucu fans could sense the team could get something from the game.

Pierre Webo and Gokhan both had chances for Gazisehir before Ankaragucu got the equaliser. This time Erdem put in a low cross into the box which was deflected into the back of the net to make it 2-2.

Ankaragucu pushed forward as they looked for the winner and Doka went close after he was set up by Putsila but Stachowiak made a good save. Substitute Cheikhou Dieng set up Kenan in the last minute but he was his shot go high and wide.

Full Time ended 2-2 in which is a good result for Ankaragucu considering they were 2-0 down. The team again showed great team spirit and why you should never write them off. Next Sunday the team host Manisaspor in Ankara and as usual we will have all the news and views midweek.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Yonetim Istifa

Well... That was bloody amazing. Some great football, some great goals and some great laughs

Genclerbirligi 4 - 0 Sivasspor

What a beautiful December day. A little bit chilly but bright sunshine, wispy white clouds - all up perfect conditions for a game of footy. Kanka-wise, just Bernard and me in the stands but the lovely weather got quite a few fans out of the woodwork.

Just like last week the fan groups tied their banners upside down in protest at the club hiring Umit Ozat as coach and they organised a five minute silence from the fans... Then on five minutes they started the chants for Ozat and the management to resign.

It was all going along as usual with no real penetrating footy from either team when  on the 12th minute Skuletic scored a screamer. The last time the ball touched the ground before it was in the back of the net was when it was launched forward by N'diaye from before the halfway line to Dialo (I think) who headed the ball forwards in a flat trajectory, then Skuletic managed to tap into into the air with his toe, he then knocked it up a touch with his knee and then took the shot 30 yards out. Nothing but net. Do check out the video in the tweet below, it is brilliant.

Once the cheers had died down a bit.... the entire Maraton resumed "Yonetim Istifa"

The rest of the half was more than ordinary from Gencler and if there was any justice in the world Sivas should have at least got an equaliser... or even to have gone into the lead. We were playing awfully and without purpose.

Second half though and Ozat took off Khallili and moved Zeki into his normal back position, away from the wing where he had been rubbish for most of the first half. It was an inspired change and Gencler stepped up.

Diallo made hard work of what should have been a simple goal ... but still it went in. Up went the cheers and then up went the whole of Maraton again... `Yonetim Istifa`.

Then Elvis Manu decided that he was going to score. With excellent passing opportunities he decided to go it alone and somehow managed to score. If this was an Under 12s match the coach would have taken off the player for extreme selfishness and showboating. For us though it was just a laugh. 3-0 and the fans shouted out once more "Yonetim Istifa".

Again take a look at the goal in the tweet below.

Sivas had there chances in the second half with Hopf having to make one brilliant save a couple of easy ones... the post also save us at one stage... but the post had saved Sivas as well with Jailton playing some great breakaway stuff.

Elvis scored again towards the end and well it was a party mood at the 19 Mayis.

The final whistle couldn't come quick enough for Sivas and up went our cheers. Then we all sang out in unison.

"Yonetim Istifa."

EDIT: The club has issued a statement saying they were "surprised and upset" by the fans jeers and they are completely behind coach Umit Ozat...

EDIT 2: At the press conference after the match Ozat talked about the criticism he received for his statements last week that accused Ankaragucu fans of wearing Gencler jerseys and swearing at him. At the presser he said that he would never criticise a former club of his "even if it was a Jewish club"

EDIT 3: On Monday evening the club issued a statement in Ozat's name saying that he was sorry to Jewish people. 

Saturday, December 02, 2017


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu move 2 points clear at the top of the league after a great 2nd half performance to snuff out the challenge of Umraniye.

ANKARAGUCU   2                        Umraniye    1

Unusually for December, it was a perfect day in Ankara with blue skies and sunshine.    The kankas met-up at the Stadium - Horseman Kanka Osman, Nurer Kanka and Kaleci Kanka Tansu.   A great turn-out in all the tribunes, except of course, the away end, where I counted 8 and about 10,000 stewards and police !!!

A photo from last night when we both predicted an Ankaragucu win, after devouring quite a few 'refreshments' !!!

With Umut injured, there was a place for Kehinde in the starting line-up, but in the final analysis I don’t think he did enough to displace Umut when he if fit again.   However, having said that, he put in a good shift and perhaps he needs a few games under his belt to get up to speed.

Umraniye took control of the match from the off and their No30 looked dangerous with some speedy runs down the left wing.   From one of them in the 12th minute, he crossed the ball but fortunately the striker’s shot was weak and easily saved by Korcan.

Kehinde had a chance 2 minutes later in Ankaragucu’s first real attack, but his shot was weak and easily saved.

Then 5 minutes later Umraniye went ahead when a great cross from the right was met by the No30 whose angled header was enough to beat Korcan.

It was still mostly all Umraniye, but Ankaragucu did have two more chances before the half time whistle.   Firstly, Kenan crossed to Pulsila who’s volley was well saved, and secondly from a free kick on the right, Gencer’s bullet header was inches past the post.

So, to half time and I confess saying to Osman that I couldn’t see where the Ankaragucu goals were coming from in the 2nd half.    I should have remembered my favourite expression ........ a game of two halves !!!

Ankaragucu came out for the 2nd half all fired up and attacked Umraniye from the kick-off.   Only 2 minutes in and the equaliser came.   It was caused by a defensive cock-up with Kehinde distraction causing a defender to score an own-goal.   We’ll take it !!!

Ankaragucu continued to attack and 10 minutes later came the winning goal from man of the match Kenan who gave the Umraniye defence a torrid time during the match.   However, it was another cock-up from the Umraniye defence which allowed Pulsila to nick the ball from a weak pass.   Off he scampered and played a cut-back for Kenan to tap-in.    Up the volume and the Mexican Wave began !

Erdem also had a fine match and he saved a certain goal 8 minutes later with a timely interception when an attacker was about to shoot.   

With 20 minutes left it was almost the equaliser when the No30 was put through with only Korcan to beat, but his bullet of a shot went narrowly past the post.   Sighs of relief all round !

Ilhan came on for the final 15 minutes with Doka going off to loud applause for his midfield efforts.

Into the final 5 minutes and Umraniye laid siege to the Ankaragucu goalmouth with wave after wave of attacks, but the Ankaragucu defence withstood the pressure and were happy to hoof the ball anywhere out of the danger zone to run the clock down.

So, to the final whistle and a hard fought 2nd half display from Ankaragucu and it’s fair to say that the victory was well deserved after their 2nd half showing.

Next Saturday Ankaragucu is away to Gaziantepspor with a 3.30pm KO.    We will watch it either in The Yeni Sedir or Kara Simit.    Watch this space for details nearer the time.

Well done Ankaragucu !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim 

Friday, December 01, 2017

Ankaragucu vs Umraniyespor match preview!

Another huge match in the PTT Lig this weekend as the top two meet at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara. Ankaragucu host leaders Umraniyespor in what will be another tough match as the team look to make it 9 games without defeat.

Ankaragucu won 1-0 at Giresunspor last weekend in what was a hard fought match but again Ankaragucu showed resilience and survived first half pressure from Giresun to go in level at half time. A stronger second half performance was rewarded when Lanre Kehinde was the hero again from the bench scoring th winning goal.

Umraniyespor who are also on an 8 match unbeaten run won 2-0 at home against Altinordu at the weekend and it was another match with a clean sheet. They have only conceded 7 goals in their 13 league matches this season and will provide Ankaragücü’s biggest test of the season.

Erdem Ozgenc and Alihan Kubalas should both be back for Ankaragucu, while we await the news on Ilhan Parlak as he fights a race against the clock to be fit. İsmail Kartal will need to decide if he wants to keep faith with young Altay Bayindir in goal or bring back Korcan Celikay who is also fit again after injury. Lanre Kehinde impressed again and must be in contention for a starting place in the team. He is a real handful for defenders and will have done himself no harm with the winning goal last week.

Umraniyespor are a well organised outfit and will be coming to Ankara looking for all 3 points. They have some talented players in Ibrahim Akdag, Dimitar Rangelov, Jean Armel Drole and Emircan Altintas who are having good starts to the season. Akdag is top scorer with 7 goals, Rangelov is a big physical presence up front and Drole is on loan from Antalyaspor and has a bright future ahead of him.

This is a match that could go any way, Umraniyespor are the leaders and have been outstanding at the back while still having talent in attack that can finish off games. Ankaragucu on the other hand have won every one of their big tests this season at Rizespor, Eskisehirspor and Giresunspor. At times they have rode their luck, but the hard work and team spirit has saw them through some tough matches. As mentioned in the match report some of the unsung hero’s are Sedat Acgay and Arif Morkaya who do all the dirty work covering every blade of grass while allowing the attacking players to go forward and create chances. They will be vital again in this match and we will be hoping for another 3 points. A draw wouldn’t be the worst result in the world but Ankaragucu must take something from the game.

As usual the Kanka Group will be in their usual place in th stadium and anyone wanting to join the group is more than welcome to come along.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Giresunspor 0-1 Ankaragucu match report!

Ankaragucu return to the capital with all 3 points after a fantastic 1-0 win at Giresunspor despite having to make 4 changes to the team. Erdem Ozgenc, Alihan Kubalas, Ilhan Parlak were all out due to injury and suspension, while Korcan still isn’t fit enough to start.

Team - Altay, Yusuf, Lukasz, Gencer, Mehmet, Arif, Sedat, Putsila, Ferhat, Kenan, Umut

Subs - Korcan, Enes, Cheikhou, Kehinde, Mahmut, Aydeniz, Doka, Abdulkadir

There was a first League start for Lukasz Szukala who is on loan from Osmanlispor and the big Pole didn’t put a foot wrong alongside Gencer at the heart of the Ankaragucu defence. İsmail Kartal decided to go with Ferhat Kiraz out on the left wing in place of the injured Kehinde with Mehmet Sak coming back in at left back.

It took only 30 seconds for Ankaragucu to nearly take the lead, a long ball found its way to Umut who set up Kenan whose shot from 25 yards went inches wide of the post.

Umut Nayir has the only other real chance for Ankaragucu in the first half after a great cross into the box, but the big striker headed wide.

Giresunspor had the better of the first half but couldn’t get any real shots on goal, and when they managed to create anything young Altay Bayindir made a couple of comfortable saves. Dimitriadis had the best chance for Giresunspor but his shot from the edge of the box went inches over.

Into the second half and midway through Ankaragucu brought on Kehinde for Umut and the big Nigerian made an instant impact. Firstly he knocked down a long ball for Kenan who was through on goal but his shot was well saved by the keeper.

With just under 10 minutes remaining Ankaragucu broke the deadlock. A corner into the box was nodded home by Kehinde who pulled his baby’s dummy out from his sock putting it in his mouth and celebrated with the fans who were absolutely delighted.

Ankaragucu would hang on to their 1-0 lead and secured the 3 points which takes them 2 points clear at the top with Umraniyespor playing tomorrow. A brilliant win for Ankaragucu and again credit must go to the full team but again Sedat Acgay and Arif Morkaya were the unsung hero’s covering every blade of grass.

Next Saturday see the top two face each other at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara, as Ankaragucu host Umraniyespor. Promises to be another cracker.