Thursday, March 06, 2014

Ankaragucu vs Kizilcahamamspor match preview !

Ankaragucu take on Kizilcahamamspor on Saturday at the 19 Mayis Stadium, kick off is at 1330. The Turkish National team won 2-1 last night against Sweden at the 19 Mayis Stadium in front of sold out crowd which the majority were Ankaragucu fans who yet again made a fantastic atmosphere.  Saturdays game see Ankaragucu take on one of the leagues weaker opposition so no doubt we will take the 3 points.

After the disappointment of losing midweek to leaders Alanyaspor and yet another failure at beating one of the leagues big boys, its time for this Ankaragucu squad and management team to step up and give the same effort and commitment that the fans have given them. That doesn't mean running about for 90 minutes, its about concentration. Ability wise Ankaragucu have the best squad in the league. But concentration levels have been a problem. When you equalise in with 2 minutes remaining against the leaders and then still lose the game with 3 men unmarked in the box it questions the players concentration levels.

I like the fact that Ankaragucu give opportunities to former players and men who have coached the youth teams who know the club. But i cant help but think if the club is to move forward we need to employ a strong coach based on his CV. Fuat deserves time with this squad, but over the last few weeks he has made so many mistakes in terms of his team selections.

First of all, Mehmet Tasci was called up to play for the Turkish A2 team. Since his call up he hasn't played for the team. Has he picked up an injury or does Fuat prefer Emre Tasdemir to play at left back. Young Emre for me is the most important player in the team, but his future in the game is further forward. His attacking game is fantastic but he is too small to play at the top level as a left back imo. You then have Gurkan Alver, the last game he played was that disastrous performance in midfield. He is a decent central defender though and hasn't done any worse than the current defence when he played. Fuat keeps changing his defensive pairing which cant help the defenders who need to build up an understanding with their partner.

But for me the biggest mistake is his refusal to play both Umut Nayir and Levent Kale up front. They have scored 24 goals between them despite missing game due to injury. Ankaragucu should play their own game and make other teams think how they are going to stop them, instead of worrying about how other teams are going to play. I would like to see Hasan Ayaroglu given a run of game in the team. He has such a big future ahead of him but his career has stalled of late with him only playing bit parts.

Kizilcahamamspor have enough about them to cause an upset. A good 2-1 win over Altay midweek proved they are no pushovers. But Ankaragucu should win this one comfortably. Nothing less than a 3-0 win will be good enough. We have had 2 years of being patient with the players due to the financial circumstances. They don't have any excuses anymore and need to face up to it that they are playing for one of the biggest clubs in Turkey.


  1. Well said Nadeem. It needed saying, and you are absolutely correct with your comments.

    Another thing that the management team and Coach need to tell the players is that the Championship is all but over for them, barring a catastrophic loss of form by Altinordu.

    They must now focus on that 2nd place, ensuring that we will be playing the weaker of the two teams in the White League in the first play-off match. Nadeem mentioned 'concentration' and that is exactly what the players must do for the remainder of their matches.

    Alanya probably fancy their chances to finish 2nd but Ankaragucu is a stronger team than them and so must WIN their remaining matches to make the play-offs.

    This is really nail biting time, but a win on Saturday will go a long way to settling the players nerves and building confidence for the run-in.

    As Nadeem says ........ nothing less than a convincing win will suffice, however, I'm settling for 2-0.

    Meeting in the usual place at Gate 7 and 8.

  2. Ankaragucu have an easy run in until the end of the season where as Altinordu have a tricky one, I still fancy Altinordu to win it though as they look like a championship winning team where as we have been start stop