Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The Turkish Super Lig returns this weekend and will be met with great anticipation by most Super Lig fans apart from Ankaragucu. They face champions Galatasaray in Istanbul and go into the match after a turbulent couple of weeks where Bayram Bektas resigned and a host of players terminated their contract with the club due to unpaid wages.
Bayram Bektas took control of only 1 Ankaragucu match before resigning last week. He was promised that the transfer ban would be lifted allowing him to bring in new players. Unfortunately Mehmet Yiginer has been unable to lift the ban which leaves Ankaragucu in a vulnerable position as they dont have the squad capable of avoiding relegation. If they dont find a way of lifting the transfer ban, its almost certain Ankaragucu will be relegated to Lig 1.
Lanre Kehinde has moved onto Denizlispor, Anton Putsila to Altay and Erdem Sen has signed for Chaves in Portugal. Youness Mokhtar and Johannes Hopf have terminated their contracts while El Kabir and a host of other players remain unsettled due to the current situation.
Mehmet Yiginer claimed yesterday that the foreign players have now been paid with the exception of 1 or 2 who will be paid in the coming days. They will then look at paying the Turkish players. Choosing to pay foreign players first over Native players will do no favours for team harmony and new coach Mustafa Kaplan has a massive job on his hands.
Mustafa Kaplan is now back for his 3rd spell as Ankaragucu manager. His previous two spells ended in relegation from Lig 1 which to be fair to him was a tough task as he only had youth players to call upon. His 2nd spell was unsuccessful in Lig 2 where he was sacked by Mehmet Yiginer. He was brought back to the club last week as Director of Football but immediately offered the position to replace Bayram Bektas when he resigned.
Mehmet Yiginer stated they have full trust in Mustafa Kaplan which is very odd when he has sacked him previously and let him walk away without offering a contract on the other occasion.
Ankaragucu also have a host of injury problems with the likes of Erdem Ozgenc and Yalcin Ayhan struggling for fitness ahead of Saturdays game with Galatasaray. It leaves Mustafa Kaplan short of options and a massive task on his hands to come away with a positive outcome.
Galatasaray themselves are looking to get their season back on track as they sit 5th in the table. Its a must win match for them and they will be able to call upon new signings, former Ankaragucu player Emre Tasdemir and Marcao the Brazilian defender signed from Portuguese side Chaves.
The Istanbul sides main dangerman will be Henry Onyekuru and he will be the man Ankaragucu will need to pay most attention to. Unfortunately i cant see anything other than a Galatasaray win in this one and we can only hope the transfer ban is lifted in time for our next home match.
Sunday, January 13, 2019
In the last half hour Ankaragücü manager Bayram Bektas has resigned from the club after only 1 game in charge. The reasons given is due to the management failing to keep promises of lifting the transfer ban and failing to pay players wages.
Mustafa Kaplan who was installed as the clubs new Director of football last week will take control of the team in the meantime. The circus continues.
Ankaragücü are heading towards dark days again unless Mehmet Yiginer or Murat Agcabag pull off a miracle and lift the transfer ban while paying the current players their owed wages.
Mehmet Yiginer and Murat Agcabag who was Vice President for the club are now fighting for control of the club with both making promises to take the club forward and resolve the current financial issues.
Just before the winter break İsmail Kartal was sacked and replaced with Bayram Bektas. Bayram was promised that the transfer ban would be lifted and he would be able to bring in new players. Unfortunately to date with only 2 weeks remaining that hasn’t happened and Yiginer has failed so far to lift the ban.
The Ankaragücü squad are in Antalya at the moment for their winter training camp and there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the futures of the current squad. So far, Lanre Kehinde has moved to Denizlispor, Anton Putsila to Altay, Erdem Sen back to Portugal while Youness Mokhtar and Johannes Hopf have terminated their contracts due to unpaid wages.
There are also reports that El Kabir is unhappy at the club due to failed promises to pay his salary and offer a new contract. Dja Djedje has been paid but the club could look to sell their prized asset in order to raise funds.
Thibault Moulin is also reportedly unhappy due to unpaid wages while Thievy Bifouma is a target for EPL side Brighton.
The club also have Nduka Ozokwu, Cebrail Karayel and a couple of other players in trial which is worrying as they haven’t played football in 1-3 years. Ousmane Ndiaye, Ivo Pinto and Nicola, Aydin Karabulut and Nicola Lombaerts have all been linked with moves to the club if the transfer ban is lifted.
Mehmet Yiginer has done his job in helping Ankaragücü return to the Super Lig but if he can’t pay his players and lift the transfer ban it’s time to hand over the reigns to someone who will. Murat Agcabag has already been giving the green light bun Arif and Harun who I trust both their opinions.
Ankaragücü return to league action next weekend against Galatasaray and have not a hope in hell of getting anything from that game with all these distractions and players leaving while the rest unsettled.
Monday, December 24, 2018
Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler didn’t ‘bottle it’ in their last match last Saturday before the winter break !
Adana Demirspor 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI 3
After the disappointment of exiting the Turkish Cup last week, Gencler kept their nerve and focus and go into the winter break with their 5 points cushion at the top of the league.
Nobre and Nadir (with 2) were the scorers and things look rosy for at least one team in Ankara.
Denizli in 2nd place, Gazi in 3rd and Umraniye in 4th all won so they have not given up the chase !
As I have said before in previous posts, the Championship League is not an easy league to ‘escape from’, but Gencler has done the biz and can look forward with confidence to the resumption on 19 January 2019.
The opening matches should give us a clue of how things will pan out with Gencler away to Hatay, who knocked them out of the Cup. 2nd plays 3rd when Gazi host Denizli.
Will we still have Super league footie in Ankara next season ? As always, keep watching this space for the answer !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Headline by Kaleci Kanka Tansu !
This will be a short and ‘bitter’ report !
Ankaragucu can have no complaints about yesterday’s scoreline in Kayseri. They were totally outplayed by an average Goztepe team who were up for it. Goztepe was always first to the ball, closing players down and looked much fitter than Ankaragucu. That’s not to say that Ankaragucu didn’t have chances to score, but for the most part they were futile efforts. Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Kaleci Kanka Tansu and I watched the match in The Anasson Bar in the company of some other frustrated Ankaragucu supporters !
ANKARAGUCU 0 Goztepe 3
Team – Korcan, Mehmet, Alihan, Kone, Kenan, Sedat, Faty, Mokhtar, Ilhan, El-Kabir and Kubilay.
Substitutes used – Putsila, Cerci and Kehinde
It was all Goztepe for the first 10 minutes and they almost went in front in the 2nd minute when Mokhtar’s back-pass was short and latched onto by a Goztepe forward, but fortunately Korcan was alert to it and smothered the ball at his feet.
Goztepe did score in the 9th minute but it was rightly chalked off for offside.
Ankaragucu did have 3 chances in the first half. Ilhan received a pass from the left but shot tamely past the post. Kubilay was targeted by a cross from the right but missed his header and Mokhtar struck a free kick just outside the penalty box straight into the wall !
Goztepe started the 2nd half as they did the 1st half. They were stroking the ball around and giving Ankaragucu the run-around, and they almost opened the scoring 3 minutes in. A sweeping passing move was halted by Mehmet with a saving interception to frustrate Goztepe.
However, we only had 2 minutes to wait for the inevitable goal and it was another sweeping move with a perfect cross from the left and Jerome first timed it into the top left with Korcan well beaten.
It was almost two 6 minutes later when a Goztepe header hit the outside of the post and went out.
Then in the 66th minute the most amazing and unbelievable decision when El-Kabir (the only player looking capable of scoring) was hooked and Cerci came on to replace him. Actually, Cerci should have been on from the start !!!
2 minutes later and goal of the match when Goztepe brought the ball from their own box with Ankaragucu back peddling and the classic cut back on the left and swept in by Halil to put the match out of Ankaragucu’s reach.
10 minutes later it was all over. Another break down the left by Goztepe, the cross came over and Gouffran stepped between THREE Ankaragucu defenders to slot in with ease.
There was one chance near the end for Ankaragucu when Kenan did some great work down the right to beat 3 Goztepe defenders. His perfect cross was met by Kehinde near the penalty spot but his weak shot was sent straight into the goalkeeper’s hands !
So, as Tansu quite rightly said, Ankaragucu is in Freefall and have slipped to 12th position in the league. However, if Kayseri win in Erzurum today it will be 13th position !
So to the Winter ‘of Discontent’ Break ! This will surely give new Coach, Harun Bektas, time to ponder the 2nd half of the season and it doesn’t get any harder than an opening away match against Galata....spit....saray on 20 January 2019 ! It should also be mentioned that Djedje and El-Kabir will have left for pastures new, so who is going to lead the line is anyone’s guess, and before you say it ............... I will .............. NOT Ilhan Parlak pleeeeeeeeez !!!
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2019 to all our readers !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Gencler can have no complaints about losing to the ‘underdogs’ this afternoon in Hatay after a professional display by Hatayspor in the 2nd Leg. (Aggregate Score – Hatay 3 Gencler 2). Gencler can now focus their attention on returning to the Super League as champions !
Team – Emrullah, Bady, Emre, Canberk, Boz, Ibrahim, Arnason, Matei, Bekir, Paraiba and Berisberk
Hatayspor 2 GENCLERBIRLIGI 0
Gencler had only two chances to open the scoring before Hatay struck their opening goal. Firstly, Paraiba had a shot smothered by the goalkeeper and secondly Canberk missed by a whisker to connect with a Matei cross.
The goal of the match arrived in the 36th minute when the left full back, Yasin, skipped round a challenge on the left and crossed for Sinan to power in a header to the top left and out of reach of the despairing hands of Emrullah.
The 2nd half was only a few minutes old when Huseyin received a pass in the centre just outside the penalty box, outstripped two Gencler defenders, and slotted the ball inside the right post with Emrullah unable to retrieve the situation.
Hatay had their tails up and were chasing everything and giving the Gencler players no time to settle on the ball. Gencler was confined for most of the 2nd half to shooting from long range and Hatay was well in control.
6 minutes of time added on was played and Hatay was content to boot the ball anywhere to run the clock down. They can be well pleased with their performance today and I hope they (and Bodrumspor) receive a favourable draw in the next round of the Cup for their well deserved victories in this round.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim
Bayram Bektas will take control of his first match as Ankaragucu manager against the team who sacked him 2 weeks ago. The former Goztepe boss will be looking to put one over his former side and give Ankaragucu a much needed boost going into the winter break.
Yet again Ankaragucu will have to play a home match 4 hours outside of Ankara as the match will be played at the Kadir Has in Kayseri. The way Ankaragucu have been treated by the Municipal over the years should never be forgotten. The Yenikent pitch again isn't fit for purpose which is the responsibility of the Municipal. Its embarrassing for them, and also Turkish Football that they cant even keep a football pitch in half decent condition.
Mehmet Yiginer spoke to the media yesterday and stated that when he held discussions with Bayram Bektas he addressed the concerns of Ankaragucu being bottom of the league in terms of distance covered per game, goals scored and the amount of injuries the team has had. He also said that the club will look to bring in 3-4 new players in the January transfer window.
The first thing that Bektas will need to address as he takes over, is shoring up the defence again and making Ankaragucu difficult to beat. Alihan, Kone and Thomas have all under performed when on the pitch. Some of the goals we have given away is what you would expect to see at junior level.
Its no coincidence that since Djedje has moved from midfield to right back, the team hasnt looked the same. Obviously this is due Erdem being out injured. Djedje needs to be moved back into the middle of the park with Faty, and someone else can play at right back while Erdem is out.
Kubilay is also not giving enough with only 1 goal since his loan move from Bursaspor. We need to create more chances for him, but he also needs to offer more. There is also an opportunity for Cerci to step up and play. There is no doubting that he is the most talented player in the team and we need him if we are going to survive this relegation fight. The same can be said for Mokhtar, both talented players but we havent seen enough for them. Can Bayram Bektas be the one who brings the best out in both players?
Goztepe are on a similar run to Ankaragucu and lie one place blow in the league and one point behind. They have only scored 1 goal in their last 5 Super Lig games and haven't won a game in that spell. Like Ankaragucu, they have also had some excellent results this season beating Fenerbahce, Besiktas, Trabzonspor and Konyaspor. They seem to save their best performances for the big games, and struggle against the teams at the lower end of the table.
The game is set up nicely for Saturday, two rival clubs both stepped in history and tradition with a fantastic loyal fans base. Two clubs fighting against relegation, and Bayram Bektas facing the team who sacked him. Lets hop its Ankaragucu fans who are celebrating at the end of the game!