Monday, July 21, 2014

Ankaragucu 1-1 Polatli Sekerspor!






Ankaragucu started their pre season campaign today with a 1-1 draw against Polatli Sekerspor. Umut Nayir scored the only goal for Ankaragucu who will be looking to get in shape before the new season starts.

Team - Cihan Bal, Orhan Evci, Gurkan Alver, Volkan Geyik, Onur Atasayer, Mehmet Tasci, Mehmet Erdem, Volkan Yilmaz, Serhat Gupinar, Selim Teber, Gokhan Erdogan, Umut Nayir


The fixtures for this coming season were also announced with Ankaragucu traveling to Kahramanmaraspor on the opening game of the season. The first home game is against Inegolspor. A full list of the fixtures can be seen below.

This season for Ankaragucu will depend on the outcome of the upcoming congress on the 4th of August. If the club cant lift the transfer ban it will be a difficult season ahead with the current group of players.



Saturday, July 05, 2014

Latest Ankaragucu news !




Unfortunately we don't have any good news, instead same of the usual players leaving, financial woes, Cemal Aydin and the Gokeks blaming each other, the list goes on. Serkan Sirin became the latest Ankaragucu to leave the club after agreeing a move to Boluspor.

The winger never established himself as a regular, instead he was in and out the team due to inconsistency and injury. Technically Serkan is an excellent player, but he frustrated so many times with his final ball and work rate. We would like to wish Serkan all the best in his career with Boluspor.

The Ankaragucu management are still trying to put a plan together to raise much needed cash before the 4th August congress. Just this week it was announced that Ankaragucu will start the season on minus 6 points or face relegation to the amateur leagues if they don't pay unpaid wages to former players Robert Vittek and Jarioslaw Cerny.

The circus goes on and on.....

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Muammer Ozdemir appointed Ankaragucu manager !





Ankaragucu have appointed former youth team coach Muammer Ozdemir as the clubs new manager. The long search for a new manager was concluded yesterday as Ozdemir signed a contract with the club and said he was delighted to return to the club.

The club have been searching for a new manager since Celal Kibrizli was sacked at the end of the season. After top target Mustafa Kaplan agreed a new deal with Haceteppe the club set its sights on other targets.

The appointment of Ozdemir will be a big surprise for not only the fans, but the man himself. He has been out of football for the last 7 years, but President Yiginer and the Ankaragucu board have decided that he is the man to take the club forward. Ozdemir was responsible for producing some excellent young players at Ankaragucu in his last spell, the likes of Abdulkadir Kayali, Umut Kurt and Atilla Aybars Garhan all played under him at youth level.

Reports from inside the club also claim the upcoming congress may be canceled after positive signs of investment from businessmen from Ankara and the municipality. The club also have players they have targeted and are in talks with as the look to rebuild the squad.

More to follow....

Friday, June 20, 2014

Is the end nearing for Ankaragucu?





Time is running our for one of Turkeys oldest and most important clubs as they face a race against time in their fight fur survival. Today the board of directors have called for a General Assembly to be held on the 3rd of August.

The clubs directors confirmed due to the large debts and being unable to continue without the required income has led to todays decision. The club this week held talks with members of Ankara municipal asking for help, and its also believed they will have discussions with Melih Gokcek.

Unfortunately it looks like either the end of the road for Ankaragucu or Melih Gokcek will merge the club with Ankaraspor with this being his plan all along using his friend Mehmet Yiginer to gain control of the club.

There doesn't look to be any light at the end of the tunnel this time :-(

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Ankaragucu shortlist for managerial position !




Ankaragucu will hold talks with applicants for the vacant managers role this coming week. The shortlist has been narrowed down to 3 according to reports in the Ankara media.

The three named are Ozcan Bizanti, Mustafa Kaplan and Husnu Ozkara with Mustafa Kaplan being the fans choice. A decision is expected by the end of next week.

In other news Ankaragucu will need to find 700,000 euros to lift the transfer ban over the summer. The club will now listen to offers for Gokhan Akkan, Hasan Ayaroglu, Umut Nayir and Kaan Kanak in order to find that money.

Mehmet Cakir has left the club along with Omer Yalcin as players continue to leave as the club looks to reduce the wage bill.

Sir Eski ventures into the unknown


Saturday, June 07, 2014

Emre Tasdemir wins The Round ball in Ankara player of the year !






Recently departed Emre Tasdemir has won the annual Round ball in Ankara player of the year for Ankaragucu. Emre joined Bursaspor this week in a 2 Million lira deal which will also see Ankaragucu coup 10% of any future transfer fee.

A fantastic achievement for Emre in his first full season in the Ankaragucu first team. He saw off close competition from Levent Kale with Umut Nayir in 3rd. There have been many a talented young players come through the Ankaragucu youth academy and went onto play with bigger clubs, Emre has all the makings to surpass all of them and like Umut Bulut play for the Turkish national team.

We at the Round ball in Ankara would like to congratulate Emre Tasdemir on winning this award and also wish him the best with his future at Bursaspor.

In other news Aydin Toscali, Erhan Guven, Serhat Aykuz and Omer Yalcin have all left the club.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Ankaragucu transfer news !




Bursaspor today completed the 2 Million lira signing of Emre Tasdemir from Ankaragucu. The youngster had an excellent season for the club and drew many admirers with his impressive performances. With Ankaragucu failing to win promotion to the PTT Lig it was inevitable that Emre would be moving to play at a higher level. A good move for the youngster but Ankaragucu fans will be disappointed to see their star player move and will feel he has moved on the cheap.

In other news Erhan Guven has left the club, the former Besiktas defender struggled with injuries and was a major disappointment as big things were expected when he signed in January. Captain Aydin Toscali, vice captain Mehmet Cakir along with Serhat Aykuz and Volkan Yilmaz are all set to leave the club too in the coming weeks.

The club will also listen to offers for star youngsters Gokhan Akkan, Hasan Ayaroglu and Umut Nayir from Super Lig and PTT lig sides. It looks like when Mustafa Kaplan comes back to the club he will face the same problems that he did first time around.

Keciorengucu mourn the death of youngster Sedat Yuce !





The round ball in Ankara would like to send its condolences to the family and friends of Keciorengucu youngster Sedat Yuce who sadly tied today. The devastating news broke on Facebook and twitter pages tonight that the player drowned while on holiday in Alanya. The former Ankaraspor had a bright future ahead of him and even represented Turkey at youth level.

Its difficult when anyone passes away,  but a young fit and healthy boy with the world at his feet is difficult to take. R.I.P Sedat Yuce.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Emre Tasdemir and Umut Nayir depart Ankaragucu !





Ankaragucu were today dealt a double blow with promising youngsters Emre Tasdemir and Umut Nayir agreeing moves away from the club. Emre has agreed a move to Super Lig side Bursaspor and becomes new coach Senol Gunes first signing. Former Ankaragucu winger Aydin Karabulut has also signed for Bursa from Sivasspor.

Emre had a fantastic season for Ankaragucu with his pace and skill causing all sorts of problems for opposing defences. Its no coincidence that Ankaragucu struggled at the end of the season in his absence. The fee is yet to be disclosed with Ankaragucu holding out for a mere 2 Million Lira which is a bargain for Bursaspor who were looking to take him on the cheap.

Umut Nayir is also believed to have agreed a move to Kayserispor in principle, with that move being completed over the next couple of days. The youngster was top scored for Ankaragucu this season and impressed scouts from the Super Lig and PTT Lig.

With the news this week that Mehmet Yiginer is conceded about the debt at the club and will discuss a possible merger with Ankaraspor, this is more bad news in a season that had promised so much. The Dirlis campaign was about the rebirth of Ankaragucu, sadly it could be heading towards the death of the club in an ironic twist.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Bursaspor eye move for Emre Tasdemir !





For the last couple of months of the season, i kept saying the biggest worry for Ankaragucu if they fail to gain promotion to the PTT Lig, is loosing talented youngsters like Emre Tasdemir, Hasan Ayaroglu, Umut Nayir and Gokhan Akkan.

Emre Tasdemir has shot to the top of Bursaspors wanted list. The youngster had an excellent season impressing pundits and fans with his speed and all action style of play. Emre who played both left back and on both wings further forward has a massive future in the game.

Ankaragucu must not settle for anything less than £2 million pounds for the youngster. In this day and age of inflated prices, he is worth at least that amount. More to follow...

Celal Kibrizli parts ways with Ankaragucu !





President Mehmet Yiginer today confirmed Ankaragucu manager Celal Kibrizli has left the club after their disappointing playoff defeat against Alanyaspor. Celal took over from Fuat Aykuz toward the end of the season but was unable to guide the club to promotion after some disappointing results in the league and playoffs.

Its difficult to judge Celal in such a short space of time, but he will go with our best wishes. The Ankaragucu managers job is a thankless task. Even successful managers such as Roger Lemerre and Mustafa Kaplan have been fired after their good work.

The fans favourite to take over on Facebook and twitter is Mustafa Kaplan. His style of football won over the fans in his time in charge last season with such a young squad. He has just won promotion with Haceteppe at the first time of asking from Lig 3.

Merger between Ankaragucu and Ankaraspor grows closer !




President Mehmet Yiginer today spoke of the 2013/14 season and the future plans of Ankaragucu. Its difficult for any Ankaragucu to put their whole trust in any president after the way things have went in the last 5 years. Without going into to detail of the events in the past between The Gokceks, Cemal Aydin, Sami Altinyuva, Bent Ahlat and any other corrupt individual who has had control of the club, its safe to say the fans will never trust anyone in power again.

Mehmet Yiginer however has won the respect of the majority of the fans, although some are still sceptical due to his friendship with The Gokceks. No one can deny that he has done an excellent club to keep the club alive. He has paid of debts to former players and coaches, brought in some much needed investment from local businessmen, and was behind the Ankaragucu Dirilis campaign this season which saw a record breaking amount of season tickets sold and attendances at the 19 Mayis Stadium.

The question that must be asked though, has this been all for the good of Ankaragucu? Did Yiginer see potential in a sleeping giant that is still deep in a coma? Or has it been all part of a cunning master plan of the Gokceks to gain control of the club?

You would like to think it was the earlier, that Yiginer was genuine in his attempt to do his best for the club, but to many things just don't add up. First of all there is the close friendship between Yiginer and Gokcek. When Yiginer first took over, he said he would only do so if he got the approval from the Mayor Melih Gokcek. Yet even after Melih said he couldn't give his approval he still took over. Then there is the whole situation between Ankaragucu and Ankaraspor at the end of the season.

Ankaraspor looked well on their way to the Super Lig until the second half of the season where they dropped down the table and only managed a playoff spot, eventually they lost their playoff match and will spend another season in the PTT Lig. Meanwhile Ankaragucu within touching distance of Altinordu all of a sudden lost 8 key players due to injury and lost at home to Ofspor. After that match Yiginer reportedly punched captain Mehmet Cakir and told him along with other key players they no longer had a future at the club and their contracts would be terminated. A couple of days later those players were all back in the squad.

So where am i going with all of this? Well if Ankaraspor had won promotion to the Super Lig and Ankaragucu had won promotion to the PTT Lig, the Gokcek plan would have still been an option, they way he could sell it to the fans is that a merger would see Ankaragucu back in the Super Lig as of next season. But Ankaraspor fell away, and if Ankaragucu won promotion to the same PTT Lig it would be near impossible for this to happen as both would have been in the same league. Therefor do everything in your power to stop Ankaragucu winning promotion.


Maybe this is all a bit far fetched and there is nothing in it. But today President Yiginer has announced that the clubs debts are in a bad way and he will be meeting with Melih Gokcek to seek help. A merger between the two clubs now looks likely. The Gokceks always get what they want in the end. If this ends up a case of Ankaraspor changing their name to Ankaragucu then the club will be dead in my eyes.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Season ends in disappointment for Ankaragucu !




The 2013/14 season came to an end for Ankaragucu today as they lost 3-2 in Alanyaspor in the playoff semi finals. Having lost 1-0 in the first leg at home, Ankaragucu had it all to do in Alanya if they wanted to proceed to the final. Unfortunately as so often the case Ankaragucu couldn't win another important match and will now face another season in Turkeys 3rd tier.

Team - Bayram Olgun, Metin Aydin, Serhat Aykuz, Volkan Geyik, Onur Atasayer, Selim Teber, Serhat Gulpinar, Muhammed Gonulacar, Kaan Kanak, Mehmet Erdem, Umut Nayir

Subs - Cihan Bal, Batuhan Gulcan, Aydin Toscali, Harun Aydin, Orhan Evci, Mehmet Tasci, Omer Yalcin

When the season started Ankaragucu were amongst the favourites for promotion. The transfer ban had been lifted and the club signed players such as Selim Teber, Serhat Gulpinar, Mehmet Cakir and Levent Kale. Everything started so well with Levent and Umut striking up a formidable attack. Youngsters Gokhan Akkan, Onur Atasayer and Emre Tasdemir were impressing in amongst the clubs more experience players.

In the January transfer window the management team strengthened the squad with signings such as Erhan Guven, Serhat Aykuz, Muhammed Gonulacar, Volkan Yilmaz, Omer Yalcin,  and Mehmet Erdem. Unfortunately none of those players have made any impact with the exception of Mehmet Erden who has shown flashes of what he can do.

Instead of winning promotion back to the PTT lig as champions, Ankaragucu instead had to settle for a playoff place after finishing 3rd behind Altinordu and Alanyaspor. Despite beating Alanyaspor a few weeks back, the team lost home and away in the play off matches. Metin Aydin and Kaan Kanak gave Ankaragucu a 2-1 half time lead in Alanya which would have been enough to take them into the final. Alanyaspor fought back in the second half and yet again the Ankaragucu defence let the team down.

The future doesn't look bright for the club with more lost revenue due to having to spend another season in the Turkish 3rd tier. A clear out will be needed in the summer of all the old players who are past their sell by date.

The first signing the club should make is the return of Mustafa Kaplan as coach. You can only wonder where we would have been had he been in charge this season.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

WAS IT AN ANKARA STORM OR ….. AN ALANYA STORM ?

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Take your pick – we had both in the 2nd Half.

A dangerous Electric Storm arrived in the 2nd Half with lightning bolts all around us and thunder claps almost as loud as Gecikondu in full voice. It soaked the players and us as we left the Stadium. So much for the weather report. Well, it was more interesting than Ankaragucu's footie !!!

Now to the Alanya Storm !

ANKARAGUCU 0 Alanyaspor 1

But first, let's begin at the beginning !

Maniac Kanka Harun, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and I met up at the Stadium and were joined by Gorgeous Kankie Basak after a long absence from Maraton (she's a real Gecikondu girl !).


Arriving at The Stadium with the Away End in the background.    Smiling at this stage, but not so happy at the end of the match !!

The Stadium was full again and there was an air of expectation after the performance last week against Bandirma. Only about 100 in the away end.

The noise generated by the 5 tribunes was amazing, but if we thought that it would intimidate the Alanya players we were mistaken. Alanya showed their mettle and it has to be said that Bayram was the busier goalkeeper throughout the match.

Ankaragucu's only real chance in the 1st half fell to Kaan in the 5th minute when he sent in a screamer of a free kick from about 30 yards out but it was just over the bar.

Then one minute later came the confetti show from Maraton followed by the Bursa song in the 16th minute.

Ankaragucu almost scored an own-goal in the 20th minute when a fantastic header from Ankaragucu's No4 beat Bayram but went just over the bar. Sighs of relief all round and looks of disbelief between Damon and I !!

Approaching half time and Ankaragucu started to show some urgency, but as we know, having the lion's share of possession doesn't necessarily win matches !

So, going in at half time all square was a fair reflection of the match I thought, and we were still in optimistic mood with Ankaragucu attacking the Gecikondu end in the 2nd half.

Ankaragucu started the 2nd half of the match in attack mode, but they were not getting a grip of the game.

There were too many high balls being punted up to Umut (now where have I heard that statement before ???!!!) and the Ankaragucu midfield was being bypassed time and time again. Alanya was fighting like tigers and winning all the 50/50 balls. Ankaragucu was hurrying their passes which consequently meant that they were going astray, and they kept losing possession as Alanya started to take control of the match.
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There were only four Ankaragucu chances in the 2nd half and they were all from free kicks about 25 yards out and in roughly the same position. All were taken by Selim, the 1st sailed past the right post, the 2nd was well saved, the 3rd was deflected for a corner and the 4th rebounded off the wall to safety.

15 minutes to go and Alanya should have scored after a great move, but with only Bayram to beat, the attacker sliced his shot out of play.

5 minutes later and the inevitable happened. From a well taken corner, Aydin Cetin rose unmarked to head in a classic goal which he can be well proud of.

The expected Ankaragucu final 10 minutes onslaught never materialised as Alanya controlled the match and eased to an impressive win.

Perhaps the injury to Captain Mehmet in the 2nd half had an effect on the Ankaragucu players as he was whisked away in an ambulance, however, that can't be used as an excuse for a poor Ankaragucu performance.

At the final whistle the Ankaragucu players came across to Gecikondu and Maraton to applaud the supporters. A fine gesture which hopefully means that the players have not given up hope of turning this semi-final around in Alanya on Tuesday. It is sure to be a battle and a match which the tactics must be …..... attack attack attack !!

Off we went through the rain (weather report again !!) to the Express Pub near Guven Park in Kizilay to drown our sorrows. We will be there again tonight to watch the Champions League Final.


All the best from a bitterly disappointed Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

ANKARAGUCU TURN ON THE STYLE ….. AT LAST (PART 2)

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu did themselves and their fans proud yesterday with a powerful attacking display against a useful Bandirma team.

With a 1-0 deficit from the 1st Leg, Ankaragucu pulled two well taken goals back to reach the Semi-Final Play-Off against Alanya.

ANKARAGUCU 2 Bandirmaspor 0

The Kankas, Maniac Kanka Harun, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Cider Kanka John and I met up in the Stadium which was bursting at the seams at KO time. The whole of Gecikondu was full, as was Maraton and both Kapalis. Unbelievable for a Tuesday afternoon match. There were about 100 in the away end but we didn't hear a squeak out of them pre and during the match !!


Look at the tension of the Kankas faces pre-kick off !!!!

The first 10 minutes of the match was tense with both teams playing cat and mouse, but Ankaragucu soon took control of the match and laid siege to the Bandirma goal.

Umut should have opened the scoring on the 11th minute mark when put clean through, but his shot was straight at the goalkeeper who made an easy save.

Two more goal chances came from free kicks before the breakthrough, but one was over the bar and the other well saved by the goalkeeper.

Then came the important goal in the 33rd minute and what a fantastic goal it was too. Serhat collected the ball just outside the box and sent in a screamer of a shot which the goalkeeper only managed to have a sniff at as it almost burst the net.

Up the volume all round the Stadium and you could feel the relief as the players went off at half time. Kicking into the Gecikondu End in the 2nd half kept our spirits up for what was to come.



Ankaragucu took up from where they left off and Kaan was so unlucky on the 50th minute when he broke down the left and sent in a great shot which was fumbled by the goalkeeper, and luckily for him, the ball screwed just past the post for a corner.

13 minutes later and it was Umut who expertly controlled a long ball pass, and with only the goalkeeper to beat, shot weakly for the keeper to collect easily.

5 minutes later and it was Umut again who sent in a great header but just over the bar.

However, Umut was not to be denied. 5 minutes later from a corner he was well positioned to volley the ball in with the goalkeeper helpless at the sheer speed of the ball.

It was still all Ankaragucu, and shortly after, it was almost 3 when a free kick was crossed in but the goal bound header rebounded off the bar but the follow-up effort was skied over the bar.

5 minutes to go and nerve ends were being strained to the limit as Bandirma refused to give up and pressed forward, but the Ankaragucu defence was holding firm (for a change I can hear Nadeem saying !!!).

There was time for one last effort from Captain Mehmet but the goalkeeper made an excellent save when the ball was destined to go in at the corner of the goal.

The customary lap of honour was made by the players and we were off to The Chopin to celebrate where we were joined by Kaleci Kanka Tansu.

This Friday (23rd) sees the 1st Leg of the Semi-Final played at the 19 Mayis Stadium against Alanya (KO 4.30pm probably) and if Ankaragucu can maintain the momentum of yesterday's match we can take a few goals to Alanya next Tuesday for the 2nd Leg and then the pressure will be on THEM !!

I have high hopes that Ankaragucu will now make the Final on 31 May against either Goztepe or Hatay.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

ANKARAGUCU TURN ON THE STYLE ...... AT LAST (PART ONE) !!

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu made it ..............

ANKARAGUCU   2       Bandirma    0

Ankaragucu is now into the semi-final of the Play-Offs to take on Alanya.

1st match in Ankara on Friday 23 May and ....
2nd match in Alanya on Tues 27 May.

I'm still suffering from after match celebrations and playing in a Darts Match, so the report (Part 2) will have to wait until tomorrrra.

Well done Ankaragucu !!!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, May 18, 2014

No one can stop us from finishing ninth!

I'd like to boast about how I predicted months and months ago that Genclerbirligi would finish ninth. I could boast, of course, but it was always pretty obvious.

Besiktas 1 - 1 Genclerbirligi

The TFF in their wisdom decided to put the final match of the season on at the same time as the English FA Cup Final. I don't give a damn about the FA Cup but a few people at the Red Lion Club did and so the Super Lig "Game of the Day" was relegated to the small screen with no sound.

A blessing really as the game in London seemed much more exciting.

But knowing that I had better write a blog post having been extremely lazy recently I sort of kept an eye on our match.

First up... bugger all people at the match. People always say that Gencler have no fans but there were less people at the match on a wonderfully warm Saturday than there are at Gencler home matches in the middle of winter. E-billet is not working!

Footy and... Besiktas needed to win, and hope Galatasaray lost, in order to get the Champion's League automatic spot (Fener aren't allowed in because they are cheats). So, what we got was some fairly determined footy from Besiktas and they were clearly the dominating side for the first 30 minutes or so. Having said that, Gencler were trying ... unlike in recent weeks (???).

And it was Besiktas who went ahead after a silly mistake from keeper Ferhat who didn't clearly clear a ball. In the end in was an excellent header which sent Besiktas ahead.

A few minutes later Oktay was brought down in the box. One of the most obvious penalties ever... but no. Play on said the idiot in the middle.

With things seemingly going Besiktas' way it was Mervan in the 56th who latched onto a pass from (someone) and scored a simple goal. Wooohoooo

Then the very dodgy penalty.

The ball was whacked straight into the shoulder of Ante. As Spine pointed out at the time, not even a non-armed man could have avoided it. So despite all our players complaining Almeida stood up to take the penalty.

And.... Ferhat saved it!!!

And that was about it for the rest of the match...

Another season gone...

Ankaragucu vs Bandirmaspor match preview !




Do Ankaragucu have it in them to turn this 1-0 score around and progress into the next round of the playoffs? The answer to that question is yes, however they need to play to their full potential for 90 minutes and take the game to Bandirma. The last two matches between the two sides Bandirma have been the better side on both occasions.

This time the match will be at the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara with a big Ankaragucu support behind the team. Its difficult to say what kind of attendance their will be due to the ridiculous 1630 kick off time. The Kanka group will be there in their numbers though with Jim and Damon managing to get colleagues to cover them.

Like is said on the match report from Fridays match in Bandirma, the worry for Ankaragucu is the lack of pace. From defence, to midfield right up to the attack its all very one paced and a team full of slow players. The team needs to rely on its technique and experience to get through this tough position they are in. Players like Mehmet Cakir, Mehmet Erdem, Kaan Kanak and Umut Nayir will be so important if Ankaragucu have any chance of progressing.

There has been some mixed news tonight for 3 of the Ankaragucu squad. Youngsters Hasan Ayaroglu, Gokhan Akkan and Onur Atasayer have all been called up to the Turkish U19 squad. However this means they could miss out on some of the playoff matches. Hasan is the only player in the squad along with Onur who has any speed now that Emre Tasdemir is out injured.

Good Luck Ankaragucu, don't let us down !!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bandirmaspor 1-0 Ankaragucu match report !





Just take a look at the background in the picture, not a single Bandirmaspor fan in sight. It tells you everything you need to know about Bandirma. A small club, who have a small budget and no fans. and yet Ankaragucu have failed to beat them in their last two meetings.

Team - Bayram Olgun, Metin Aydin, Serhat Aykuz, Selim Teber, Mehmet Tasci, Serhat Gulpinar, Muhammed Gonulacar, Kaan Kanak, Mehmet Erdem, Mehmet Cakir, Umut Nayir

Subs - Gokhan Akkan, Volkan Geyik, Orhan Evci, Harun Aydin, Bilal Gundogdu, Omer Yalcin, Onur Atasayer

The one thing that stands out when you look at that Ankaragucu team is the lack of pace. The team is made up of some of the slowest players in Turkey. The older players are on their last legs, and the young players don't have any turn of pace in their game. Losing Emre Tasdemir and Levent Kale has been a huge blow for Ankaragucu who have become far to predictable and one paced.

After last weekends dreadful performance in Bandirma for the last league game of the season, we expected Ankaragucu to lift their game for the playoff match. But instead an even poorer performance followed.

The teams went in 0-0 at half time, and it took until the 60th minute for the deadlock to be broken. Unfortunately for the large traveling support, it wasn't for Ankaragucu. Instead it was Hakki Ismet who gave Bandirma the lead.

Things could have been a lot worse when Timur Kosovali had the opportunity to make it 2-0 Bandirma with 2 minutes remaining. But Bayram Oglun saved the penalty to keep Ankaragucu in the tie.

Both teams meet again on Tuesday at the 19 Mayis stadium in Ankara. The fans will be there despite the disgusting TFF appointed 1630 kick off time, will the players turn up? Or will it be another disappointing result for Ankaragucu?

AND SO, THE LOTTERY BEGINS !

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It's nail biting time now in Ankara from KO today at 4.30pm until the 31st May Final which hopefully Ankaragucu will contest.

Ankaragucu kick-off their Play-Off match today in Bandirma in what is the 1st Leg of the Quarter Final.  

Having watched the highlights of last Sunday's league match in Bandirma which Nadeem put up on fb, it will have to be a 100% team effort from Ankaragucu to bring something back to Ankara for the 2nd Leg next Tuesday.

Arguably our two best players, Levent and Emre, are still out injured so the onus is on the Coach to instil confidence into the players who have taken their place in the team.

Most of this mornings newspapers make Ankaragucu favourites to reach the final, but that counts for little in the Lottery of the Play-Offs.  

We have blasted the TFF here and fb for their unbelievable decision to make the Play-Off matches KO at 4.30pm which conveniently bars all the working supporters like the Kanka Group from attending.   Aaaaaargh ......... when will the TFF wake up and realise that the bread and butter of footie are the supporters !!!!!   Also, there will be no TV coverage.   So, we will rely on Nadeem to give us a report if he is able.

Otherwise, at least I'll put the score up later tonight.

Go to it Ankaragucu !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim