Ankaragucu vs Karsiyaka match preview !
January has come to an end and the talk of the transfer ban can be put to the side until the season has ended. The management team failed to lift the current transfer ban after weeks of speculation. Mehmet Yiginer spoke today at the clubs Tandogan facility saying they couldn't come to an agreement with Darius Vassell and Muhammet Hanifi.
According to various sources on Twitter, it is also believed that Atilla Suslu and the other members who resigned were unhappy that Mehmet Yiginer used the 5 Million Turkish Lira given to the management team by the Turkish FA was said to be given to Gokceks men. Suslu and co believed the money should have went to lifting the transfer ban.
Moving onto this weekends action, Ankaragucu are at home to brother team Karsiyaka at the 19 Mayis stadium, although there will be a stadium ban so women and children only allowed. Ankaragucu go into the game after an excellent win at Adanaspor on Monday night which will give the team confidence they can take three points against Karsiyaka.
Karsiyaka started the season well, and had been in the playoff positions until they went on a run of 7 games without a win. That was until they won 1-0 at home to Sanliurfaspor last weekend. They now sit 1 point outside the playoff places and a win will take them back into the title race. The last time both teams met Karsiyaka won 2-0 but found themselves fortunate as Ankaragucu were the better team but couldn't put the ball in the back of the net.
Emanuelle Banahene will be an important player for Karsiyaka, he is the clubs top scorer with 7 goals this season. Veli Torun will also be eligible for the game, the former Ankaragucu midfielder signed for Karsiyaka during the transfer window after failing to break into the Kayseri Erciyesspor side.
Ankaragucu will be looking to the likes of Mert Erdogan and Timur Ozgoz again both important players, but Kaan Kanak will be the key player. His ability to pass the ball and score from midfield have been a huge boost to Ankaragucu and if he plays at his best Ankaragucu have a very good chance.
I met with Jim yesterday in Scotland, and we discussed Ankaragucu for a few hours, we are both saddened at the state the club is in at the moment, but we both agreed that we have faith in this young team who will give everything for the club and fight until the very end. I hope they do us proud again on Sunday.