The Ankara Derby Match Preview !
Ankaragucu host Genclerbirligi in the Derby on Sunday at the 19 Mayis Stadium.
Genclerbirligi will go into the match as heavy favourites, and another tough game for Ankaragucu. Gencler are currently sitting in the Europa League places while Ankaragucu are rooted to the bottom with only two wins all season.
The last time the two sides met ended in a 1-1 draw. Sahin Aydogdu gave Gencler the lead before a late equaliser from Jan Rajnoch. The Ankaragucu side are unrecognisable from the last game where only Aydin Toscali and Ergin Keles are still with the club.
Faut Capa has done an excellent job at Gencler, they have only lost 1 in there last 7 games and the fans are already talking about European Football returning to Ankara. Last weekend Gencler defeated Euro Rivals Eskisehirspor 2-1 at home.
Key players for the away side will be Hursut Meric who is full of running, Yasin Oztekin who is capable of scoring some wonderful goals and the powerful Herve Tum. Gencler have a fantastic scouting system where year after year they loose top players, but still manage to fine players just as good to replace them. Its a credit to the club that they are run in profit.
Where Gencler have exceeded, Ankaragucu have failed miserably. To many players over the years on big wages who haven't earned the wages given to them, then the players who have given there all to the club but not been paid. The club are in a financial mess at the moment and couldn't even afford a change of strip at the weekend against Sivas. This week the Ankaragucu fans took Water and Food to the training ground due to the club not been able to pay there own chef.
The one thing the club can be proud of is there fans, through these tough times they have shown incredible loyalty and we can only hope for good times to return. Turgut Dogan Sahin has almost certainly played his last game for the club with reports tonight claiming he will sign for Gaziantepspor.
Ankaragucu will now look to there young A2 team to get them through this game. Players like Ishak Dogan, Umut Kurt, Bilal Gulden are now the future of the club and need to step up and show what they can do.
As Oz Kanka and Spine reported yesterday, the Genclerbirligi fans have shown there support to Ankaragucu in the last couple of days, we would like to take the opportunity to thank our Gencler brothers for there support.
Good luck to Ankaragucu on sunday but Gencler will need to have an off day if we are to take anything from them.