Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ankaragucu vs Manisaspor match preview!



Only 2 games remaining as Ankaragucu seek their place back amongst Turkeys elite, with the club from the Capital in pole position ahead of promotion rivals Umraniyespor and Boluspor. Two wins will seal the deal for Ankaragucu after 6 years away from top flight football and they are in control of their own destiny. The two matches come against Manisaspor who sit 2nd bottom of the table losing their last 7 games and conceding 31 goals. The other comes against 4th bottom Adana Demirspor at home next weekend.

If someone had offered you to be in that position before the season started you would have bitten their hand off. This is Ankaragucu though and we all know how unpredictable they can be, letting you down when you get your hopes up, or winning against the odds.

Some credit must go to Ismail Kartal who had come under a lot of criticism since the start of the year, some of which was deserved due to awful performances and results. Since the Boluspor defeat, the team has won 5, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their last 7 games. Umraniyespor on the way have dropped points which Ankaragucu have managed to take advantage of and now sit 1 point above with 2 games remaining. Boluspor arent out of the race yet as they are only 3 points behind Ankaragucu.

Ankaragucu will travel to Manisa this Saturday knowing a victory will take them one big step closer to the Super Lig. Mehmet Yiginer has already stated they will build a team that will compete for a Top 5 place in the Super Lig if we win promotion.

Manisaspor as mentioned earlier are 2nd bottom and already relegated to Lig 1. Thea team is made up of mostly youth players as the club are in a bad way financially. There shouldn't be too much problems in this one for Ankargucu but as we have seen all to often in football, especially with Ankaragucu upsets can happen.

Slavko Perovic is the key player for Manisaspor and has had a respectable season scoring 8 goals despite all the problems Manisa have had.

Ankaragucu will again be without Anton Putsila who is suspended, and will likely again go with the same team that produced a fantastic 4-0 win over Gazisehir last weekend. Lanre Kehinde, Ilhan Parlak and Umut Nayir all impressed in attack, while Mbamba Kibong had his best performance in an Ankaragucu shirt. Mbamba has had a disappointing season due to injury which has prevented any real consistency, but he showed his key qualities last weekend and will be an important player again.

Another large contingent of Ankaragucu fans are expected for the trip to Manisa as a win for Ankaragucu could see them promoted this weekend if Bolu and Umraniyespor both drop points. Come on Ankaragucu lets get back to where we belong.

Monday, April 23, 2018

ANKARAGUCU ON THE BRINK OF A RETURN TO THE SUPER LEAGUE !



 The National Anthem pre-match !


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It is ALMOST time to party, however, let’s keep the champagne on ice for the time being.   It’s not over until it’s over !!!

Ankaragucu now sit in 2nd top position and if that remains the same for the last two matches then we can celebrate our return to the Super League.

Thanks mainly yesterday to Balikesir for climbing back from 0-1 down against Umran....spit....iye to snatch a point and denying them the win they were seeking.   So, with only two matches remaining it is all in Ankaragucu’s hands.   Also, it is still mathematically possible to be promoted as champions, but that would depend on Rize screwing up.

Yesterday ............

ANKARAGUCU    4         Gazisehir        0

Team – Korcan, Erdem, Yusuf, Gencer, Ferhat, Kenan, Arif, Mbamba, Parlak, Kehinde and Umut.

Substitutes used – Szukala, Tonia and Sedat

Maniac Kanka Harun and I met up in his Sports Shop where I received this top designed by Tshirtmatik.   Also, as you can see in the photo, my pre-match prediction was spot-on !!!!



We met-up with the remainder of the kankas in the Stadium – Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Nurer Kanka, Kaleci Kanka Tansu, Posh Kanka Ahmet and Vittoria Kanka Miguel.

As you can see in the first photo, there were empty spaces in the stadium due to partial bans for some group using naughty language at previous matches ..... tut tut tut !!!    However, Maraton and Kapali were full.    About 200 brave souls in the away end who stopped singing after Ankaragucu’s first goal and remained silent from that point on !!!

It was pretty much honours even up until the 19th minute when Ankaragucu opened the scoring.    A free kick was floated in from the right and headed in brilliantly by a defender (Ismail) who was under pressure and no doubt trying to head the ball over the bar.

The goal didn’t interrupt Gazi’s insistence on attack but the Ankaragucu defence was looking solid.    Special mention here for Gencer who is developing into a safe central defender and commanding figure.

The 2nd goal came on the half hour mark and was down to persistence from Mbamba on the right touchline to win a 50/50 ball.   His measured pass was picked up by Kenan who crossed into the box.   Umut dummied the ball to allow the unmarked Parlak to stroke the ball in for a well constructed goal.

Gazi upped their pressing forward and had two excellent chances just before the half time whistle.   Firstly, a header whizzed just past the post, but it looked to me that Korcan had it covered anyway.   Secondly, on the stroke of half time, another header just past with this time Korcan beaten.

So, all credit to Ankaragucu going in 2-0 at half time, but Gazi was still looking dangerous and I was hoping that the defence would deny them a goal to sniff a point.   The 3rd goal was imperative for Ankaragucu to put the sword in and put the match to bed !

Gazi came out with all guns blazing in the 2nd half and had two chances to claw their way back into the match.   Firstly, another header just past, and then Korcan came to the rescue with a parry from a goal bound shot.   The rebound came back off the post and cleared with sighs of relief all round !

Ankaragucu received the ‘wake-up call’ and responded positively with the 3rd goal.   Nice work from Parlak down the left wing and a measured pass to Umut who directed his angled shot from left to right across the goalkeeper and in !

It was almost 4 a few minutes later when Mbamba sent Kehinde through.    He avoided an attempted tackle and drove his shot in, but it hit the post and out.   

I know that Harun nominated Parlak as his Man of the Match, and to be fair it was a much improved performance from him after his previous showings.    However, I have to nominate Mbamba for his all round efforts yesterday.    He covered every blade of grass and was an inspiration to his team mates.    Umut also had another fine match.

It was left to our captain, Sedat, who came on with 15 minutes to go to score and put the cherry on top of the cake !    With 5 minutes remaining he won a tackle inside Gazi’s half and took off chasing the rebounded ball.    The Gazi defence were caught off guard and so Sedat had the easiest chance by coolly curling the ball around the goalkeeper and in for number 4.

So, to next weekend and the matches will all be played on Saturday KO 3.30pm.

Ankaragucu will be away at 2nd bottom Manisa who are already relegated, so we will be looking for another professional performance from Ankaragucu to stay in 2nd top spot.

Umran.....spit.....iye face leaders Rize at home in what is undoubtedly the Match of the Day, and the result will obviously have a bearing on Ankaragucu’s situation !

Bolu, 3 points behind Ankaragucu, face Es-Es away in what is a must win match for Es-Es in their quest to avoid relegation.

So ................ let’s do it Ankaragucu !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Genclerbirligi 0 - 3 Osmanlispor 


Enough said.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Makes you want to cry

Sloppy, sloppy defending and some strange non shots from Genclerbirligi leave us staring into the abyss... yet again.

Kayserispor 3 - 2 Genclerbirligi

Bernard and me made it down to the Alerta to escape Ankara's harsh spring conditions and for our trouble we got a pretty boring first 20 minutes.

Kayseri dominated possession but weren't really doing all that much. We had a couıple of goes... but again, not much happening until Kayseri scored after a goal mouth scramble following a freekick.

Gencler tried to counter but looked very tired towards the half-time break and just as soon as Bernard mentioned that half-time couldn't come fast enough for Gencler, our defenders fell asleep and let an easy one through.

Two-nil at half time and all seemed lost.

But then came a bit of a fightback. We started playing the better football and we were deservedly awarded a penalty when one of our players was taken out in the box.

Sessegnon calmly put it away and we continued battling on.

Then came our second shoot yourself in the foot moment when our defence was just rubbish. arrggghhjjj

So, it was 3-1 and just to keep us awake Skuletic clawed one back.

Time was late and Gencler were on the attack, just seconds left and a long ball is sent in and the ball is put into the back of the net. The Alerta erupted in joy. Replays showed he was offside.

Next week is the big one. Genclerbirligi v Osmanlispor.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

ANKARAGUCU’S SEASON IS NOW IN THE ‘MELTING POT’ !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu made their intentions clear from the start yesterday with the opening goal in their first attack in the 2nd minute.   It was a well constructed goal from Kenan’s cross and Putsila’s headed effort.    Then Putsila went from hero to villain just when Ankaragucu was looking good to extend their lead !

Knowing full well that a win was necessary to stay in the hunt to win the league, or at least stay 2nd, their indiscipline once again reared its ugly head and now their destiny is in the hands of others, or ......... in the ‘melting pot’ !!

Umraniye    1        ANKARAGUCU     1

Team – Korcan, Erdem, Gencer, Yusuf, Arif, Mbamba, Ferhat, Kenan , Putsila, Kehinde and Umut.

Substitutes used – Abdulkadir, Enes and Parlak

The kankas met-up at The Alerta Pub – Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Apple Kanka Erman and his luvly daughter Ece.    It was a fine Spring day with about 20 other Ankaragucu supporters present and after the explosive start we were all optimistic of Ankaragucu doing the biz.



Rize could only manage a 0-0 in Denizli, so what a golden opportunity for Ankaragucu to move into pole position, bearing in mind that Rize and Umraniye must play each other before the end of the season.   Also, Umraniye must play Balikesir next Sunday.   However, Ankaragucu threw away this opportunity, but having said that, all is not lost ...... yet !

Let’s go back to the beginning ............ after the great start and going one up in the 2nd minute, it became an end to end match and pretty much even until the 22nd minute when Putsila lost his head at a disputed corner and hit out at an Umraniye player.   The referee, who had a good match, produced a straight red and off he went and together with our hopes of a 2nd goal to put the match to bed !

Umraniye sensed ‘blood’ and they went into all-out attack.   It was almost the equaliser on the half hour mark but Korcan came to the rescue with a fortuitous save from his leg when a shot was goalbound.

Heading for half time and Umraniye was doing most of the attacking but the Ankaragucu defence was soaking up the pressure and as soon as I wrote that Umraniye scored an ‘offside goal’ !!   It was grim backs to the wall stuff from Ankaragucu and the half time whistle came as a relief !

The 2nd half was mostly all Umraniye with Ankaragucu defending stubbornly.

Ankaragucu did have a few breakaways when they could have extended their lead – first, Kehinde was put through but instead of going alone and shooting, he passed to Kenan who had drifted offside.   Umut had a chance but his shot was well saved.   Enes had a one on one with the goalkeeper but shot straight at him.

The 2nd half really belonged to Korcan who produced save after save to protect the lead, apart from one occasion when he was beaten, but the crossbar came to the rescue.

Lots of oooos and aaaaas and mutterings of discontent in the 65the minute when Parlak was introduced for Kehinde.   FFS Ismail Bey, when are you going to get it through your head that he’s a liability in our team and contributes absolutely nothing ..... Aaaaaargh !!!!!

15 minutes to go and Ibrahim of Umraniye received a red card, but that didn’t alter the style of play with Umraniye still on the front foot and Ankaragucu defending desperately.

7 minutes of extra time was given by the referee and we were all tensed up.    The Ankaragucu defence was hoofing the ball anywhere to clear their lines and there lay the problem.    If they had tried to bring the ball out of defence and keep possession we might have had a different result.  

Back to Korcan again and he must shoulder some of the responsibility for the equaliser which came in the 4th minute of time added on.    After a faultless display for 94 minutes he could only parry a shot and the rebound was tapped in by Rangelov.   It was a cruel ending for my Man of the Match, but in all honesty when the ball was crossed from the right Korcan should have been protected and Rangelov not given the chance to pounce on the rebound.

So, as I said at the beginning of this report, it is going to be a very interesting run-in to the end of the season.   Rize must be favourites to be crowned champions, but 2nd place is still up for grabs, but ....... and it’s a big but .............. Umraniye is in the driving seat.

Therefore, it is now imperative that Ankaragucu win their last 3 matches and then pray that Umraniye screw up in their three remaining matches.

All eyes now on next Sunday when Ankaragucu is at home against Gazisehir (3 points behind Ankaragucu) KO 3.30.      Same day Umraniye travel to Balikesir (still fighting for a play off place) KO 6pm.

Let battle commence !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


Monday, April 09, 2018

Second-last Genclerbirligi defeat Super Lig contenders Galatasaray

Wow. What a victory. Galatasaray were looking to top the league tonight. This was second in the league versus second last. In the end it was a goal in the second minute of extra time that did it. Brilliant stuff.

Genclerbirligi 1 - 0 Galatasaray

I don't have a season ticket anymore but looking at the rather large crowds at the 19 Mayis tonight I was feeling a it jealous. Instead I joined a packed crowd at the Alerta Pub and sat back for what I expected to be a humiliating defeat.



Instead of that we got some good play from Gencler. We should have gone ahead in the 12th minute when Deniz Yilmaz slipped over instead of shooting. Bloody annoying.

Galatasaray took control for most of the match. They had something like 80 percent possession but they didn't really test us. It was Gencler who looked the more likely to score a number of times thanks to some great counterattacks.
Karakizil fans  celebrate with flares.

But nothing was happening...

Until the very end in the 92nd minute when Alper Uludag managed to get the ball past the Galatasaray keeper.

The Alerta Pub erupted, as I'm sure the 19 Mayis Stad did as well. This was amazing stuff. Galatasaray were all over us but we somehow managed to pull it off. I haven't seen a reply of the goal yet. But from what I saw the angle wasn't the easiest.

So... out of the relegation zone... for the moment!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

ANKARAGUCU ...... ALMOST ..... SHOOT THEMSELVES IN THE FOOT !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Ankaragucu almost lost this important match yesterday after giving away two sloppy goals from defensive mistakes, but thankfully Kehinde came to our rescue in the 2nd half with the winning goal to secure all three points.

ANKARAGUCU    3        Giresun     2

Team -  Korcan, Erdem, Yusuf, Gencer, Ferhat, Kenan, Sedat, Arif, Putsila, Umut and Kehende.

Substitutes used – Tonia, Mbamba and Ilhan

If you have read my report of last week’s match in Denizli you will have seen that I mentioned a stadium ban punishment was a possibility, and so it proved.    Fortunately, it is only a one match ban, so we can return to the stadium in 2 weeks time.

As for yesterday, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Apple Kanka Erman and I watched the match in The Alerta Pub along with a few other Ankaragucu fanatics !

It was a beautiful sunny Spring day and optimism was high on the menu, and that was not misplaced when Ankaragucu came out of the starting blocks like a whippet and took the lead in the 3rd minute.    A bad pass was intercepted by Putsila and off he went towards the penalty box avoiding tackles as he weaved his way forward.   Then his shot was well placed high into the top right of the goal with the goalkeeper only managing to get a touch and help the ball into the net.     What a start !

However, the euphoria didn’t last long – 4 minutes to be exact !     Perhaps the players assumed the match was won, but Giresun obviously didn’t.   The defence was in slumber mode as Giresun broke in numbers and an unmarked attacker had all the time in the world to score with Korcan exposed.    There was a call for offside, but from the replay (I think it was Sedat) the defender played the attacker onside.

Ankaragucu continued to attack and 5 minutes later Kenan was unceremoniously brought down just outside the box in the centre.   Erdem struck a perfect free kick which hit the bar with the goalkeeper beaten and the ball was cleared.

2 minutes later came another defensive aberration when Giresun broke away on the left and when the cross came in there was another attacker unmarked and he calmly side footed the ball into the corner with Korcan rooted to the spot on his line.

Still Ankaragucu kept pressing forward and Kehinde should have equalised 10 minutes later when he headed over from a cross on the right.

The referee then came to Ankaragucu’s rescue 5 minutes before the break when he judged Kehinde to have been brought down inside the box.    Some referee’s might have waved play on !!!     Anyway, Umut claimed the ball and calmly shot into the left corner to send us into the half time break at 2-2.

Half time photo - with 'half smiles' !!!     The singing and dancing comes later !!!

Cue ..... pep talk from Ismail Bey to the defence and midfield to tighten things up and anticipate Giresun’s breakaways which were causing all sorts of problems in the first half !

It obviously worked.    Giresun were less of a threat in the 2nd half as Ankaragucu took the match to them and searched for the winning goal.  

2 minutes from the re-start and Kenan hit the post.    One minute later Kehinde was put through but shot straight at the goalkeeper.   2 minutes later Erdem had another free kick outside the box which went agonisingly close.    Umut had a good chance half way through the half but he dithered and a defender blocked his shot.   It was all Ankaragucu and we were saying ......... surely a goal must come !!!

It did, in the 74th minute.    A corner on the right was swung into the far post and there was Kehinde unmarked to bullet a header in for the winner and play the ‘get out of jail card’.    Chaos in the Alerta with us all up singing and cheering ............ in relief !!!!

It was then a case of Ankaragucu hanging on with both teams obviously knackered after a fast a furious paced match.     Giresun did have a chance to equalise in the 94th minute but thankfully the shot was just past the post.    In the last minute of the match Hakan of Giresun was given a 2nd yellow but it made little difference with the final whistle moments later.

Ankaragucu back up into 2nd place one point behind Rize and 2 points ahead of Umraniye.   They both play today and let’s see if the pressure gets to them ??!!

Next Saturday come the BIG SIX POINTER when Ankaragucu travel to Umraniye KO 3pm.    This will obviously be the defining moment of the season.    A mouth watering match which will no doubt have the players all fired up.

Still all to play for with the Super League still in our sights !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, April 02, 2018

ANKARAGUCU DISCOVER THAT HOROZ ARE NOT CHICKENS !!!


The Away Section in Denizi yesterday prior to kick-off.    In fine voice as usual !!

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Talking of meek and mild animals, Ankaragucu started the match like lambs (bah .. bah .. bah) and allowed Denizli to dictate the flow of the match from the off !

This was not the way I expected the team sitting 2nd top of the league to play against a team in 3rd bottom position.   So, it was all doom and gloom from the off till the end for Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and I watching in The Kara Simit Cafe.

Ankaragucu fanatiks happy smiley faces outside the Kara Simit Cafe BEFORE kick-off !!!!

Denizlispor    3       ANKARAGUCU     1

The writing was on the wall from the 10th minute when Denizli was awarded a penalty when Sedat brought down an attacker just inside the box.   As an ex-Class 1 referee, I can understand the referee’s decision and in all fairness he had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.   Sedat put his leg against the attacker’s thigh and there was only one way he would go and that was ........ to the ground.

It could be argued that he made a meal of it, but, as I said, the referee obviously saw it as a blatant foul.   Korcan almost saved it and managed a hand to it, but it went in and so it was tails-up for Denizli as they continued to take the game to Ankaragucu.

A few minutes later came Ankaragucu’s only serious attempt in the first half when Kenan was put through, but he shot straight at the goalkeeper.

From then, it was scrappy play with lots of niggling fouls and bad temper from both sides.

Then, fast forward to the 41st minute and an unbelievable decision from our Coach Ismail Bey.   The one player in midfield who was showing any enterprise and endeavour was taken off !!     Arrrrrrrgh !!!    It wasn’t as if Mbamba was injured or showing any discomfort, and as he walked off his face spoke a thousand words !    Putsila replaced him, but it could be argued that both of them should have started !!

4 minutes later came the controversial and contentious decision of the match when the referee gave Alihan a 2nd yellow and therefore a red card.   It was an immediate decision with right hand to right pocket for yellow and followed immediately by left hand to left pocket for red !   Alihan had been on the receiving end of some vicious tackles and elbowing to the face during the match but I don’t think his tackle on the Denizli attacker was malicious.   Alihan made the tackle near the left touchline, so there was no imminent danger to Korcan.   Alihan won the ball, but the referee indicated that he had stamped on the attacker’s foot in doing so.   Okay, the referee was up with play, but this was a harsh decision and one which changed the face of the match !

It took about 10 minutes or so before the match could re-start with chaos on the touchline and in the VIP Section.   The cameras didn’t pan to the VIP Section, but is is reported by our Maniac Kanka Harun, who was in the vicinity, that our Chairman, Mehmet Yigner, became embroiled in an argument with the Denizli management and blows were exchanged !   A punishment could be on the cards for this me thinks !!!

Back on the touchline and heated words were  directed to the referee, and substitute, Mehmet Sak, obviously overstepped the mark and was subsequently shown a yellow card.   Order was eventually restored, but from the re-start Denizli broke out on the left.   The ball was crossed into the box and an incoming unmarked Denizli attacker looped a header over the exposed Korcan.   Time of goal ....... 45 plus 17 – perhaps one for the Guinness Book of Records ?!

Lots of mumblings of discontent in the Kara Simit with the bleak outlook of starting the 2nd half 2-0 down and playing with 10 men against a fired-up Denizli who at that stage were flattered by the scoreline !

Both teams had so far served-up a bad tempered and niggling footie match which could quite easily be described as 3rd Division footie !!!

Into the 2nd half then and 4 minutes in Ankaragucu gifted Denizli and ‘offside goal’ after some insane passing in defence direct to a Denizli attacker.   Denizli was cutting the Ankaragucu defence to pieces and Alihans’s absence was beginning to cause panic stations !   Korcan came to the rescue soon after with a good save after excellent approach play from Denizli.

However, the 3rd goal came 10 minutes later, and to be honest, it came as no surprise.   Denizli broke away from a goalkeeper clearance and Ankaragucu’s defence was posted missing at the speed of the break.   The ball was cut back from the right to an unmarked striker who angled his shot across Korcan and Denizli were giving us a demonstration on how to score on the break.

As I said on Whatsap yesterday, Parlak was posted Absent Without Leave during the 1st half, but he revealed himself twice in the 2nd half to remind us that he was still on the pitch !!   Firstly, he had a headed attempt midway through the 2nd half which was parried by the goalkeeper.   He attempted a shot from the rebound but it struck a defender’s arm and went out for a corner.   The ball to arm was on the referee’s blindside, therefore no penalty was given !!

Secondly, Parlak had a goalbound effort well saved by the Denizli keeper on the 71st minute mark, and that was the extent of his match contribution !!

5 minutes later and Umut had a great chance when he was picked-out with a cross, but with only the goalkeeper to beat, he sent a weak shot straight at him

10 minutes to go, came the best chance of the match.   Putsila weaved his way through about 3 tackles and sent a great ball to Kenan who copied Umut’s previous attempt and shot weakly at the goalkeeper.   I hesitate to criticise Kenan who worked tirelessly throughout !

Note for Ismail Bey .........please practice this on the Training Ground this week !     When you are one on one against a goalkeeper, you ‘dummy’ one way to commit him, take the ball around him, and then slot it into an empty net.   QED !!!

Deep into time added on and a consolation goal for Ankaragucu which it has to be said was a well constructed goal.   A cross from Putsila on the right and a bullet of a header from Umut high into the roof of the net.

In the final analysis, a well deserved 3 points for Denizli in their fight to avoid relegation, and I should add that I hope they don’t go down.

As for Ankaragucu, they need to change their match philosophy and start their remaining matches in the belief that they can WIN them.   I repeat (lost count of how many times I’ve said this on this blog)......... a footie match lasts for effin 90 plus minutes !!!!      Yesterday they shot themselves in the foot and I could hear the cheers and laughter from Rize and Umraniye all the way to Ankara !!!

Ismail Bey now has a major job on his hands to prepare them for next Saturday’s visit of Giresun, and more importantly, the ‘six pointer’ in Umraniye the following weekend !

It’s not too late to turn the corner after yesterday’s hiccup.    Let’s do it Ankaragucu !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


Sunday, April 01, 2018

Relegation. Here we come




















Malatyaspor 4 - 1 Genclerbirligi

I really think that this photo sums up the match. No need for anything else. Bunch of jokes.

Monday, March 26, 2018

BELLSHILL KANKA NADEEM AND A SPECIAL DAY IN HIS LIFE - PART 2

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Feast your eyes on the photos of the wedding of the year !       The handsome Nadeem with his beautiful bride, Rebecca.



and .............



Just another excuse for us kankas to celebrate on Sunday when we will also be celebrating Ankaragucu's win against Denizli.     This will be an extra wedding present for Nadeem from the team !!!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, March 25, 2018

BELLSHILL KANKA NADEEM AND A SPECIAL DAY IN HIS LIFE !

Greetings Kankas and Kankies.



It would be remiss of The Round Ball in Ankara to overlook this special day for one of our special kankas and regular reporters.

As you regular readers know, he has been a rock for Ankaragucu for many years now with his reporting, especially his previews and reports of away matches.

Also, he has visited us here in Ankara on ...... I've lost count ........... 4 occasions over the years to attend Ankaragucu matches and he is now a well known and famous figure in all the tribunes.   Hopefully he will be able to visit us again before this season ends ??!!

So, Nadeem, on behalf of all the kankas, and ........... all the Ankaragucu fanatiks out there who read our blog, we wish you and the lovely Rebecca a long and happy marriage together.    Also, dare I mention that we look forward to the day when we can see a Mini Bellshill Kanka appearing on the scene to keep up the tradition of Iskocya/Ankaragucu kankas ??!!!

All the best to Nadeem and Rebecca from The Ankaragucu and Genclerbirligi Kanka Group and all associated with The Round Ball in Ankara.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

ANKARAGUCU AND THE RUN-IN !!!

Greeting Kankas and Kankies.



Remember when Ankaragucu was languishing in the 2nd League for a few years ?    How many times have we all said that there are no easy matches ?    Hmmm ..... yes, many times !

However, the same applies in the PTT Championship League, and even more so !     For example, cast your mind back to a few weeks agao and see how long it took Ankaragucu to prise open bottom of the league Gaziantepspor's defence !!

So, here we are with only 6 matches to go and we are within touching distance of returing to the Super League.

Can we do it ?    Will we have and end to the transfer ban, and more importantly, will we have the dosh to strengthen the team if we do ?   All these questions remain for the future !

So, to those 6 matches and there is only one of them, in my opinion, which can resonably be counted as a 'winner take all' at this stage, and that is the away match agaisnt Umraniye.   All the others are within Ankaragucu's grasp as winable !

1 April - Away to Denizlispor
8 April - Home to Giresun
15 April - Away to Umraniye
22 April - Home to Gazisehir
29 April - Away to Manisa
6 May - Home to Adana Demirspor

Squeaky bum time approaches !!!!

Thoughts ??     Opinions ??

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


Monday, March 19, 2018

ANKARAGUCU FINALLY BREACH THE GATE !




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

The Eskisehirspor (Ess-Ess) goalkeeper, Kayacan Erdogan, shut the gate firmly against everything that Ankaragucu could throw at him with some outstanding saves that won him my Man of The Match award !   However, he could do little about the breach in the 71st minute when he was left exposed by his defence who had supported him so well up until that point.   One lapse in concentration was enough to seal the 3 points for Ankaragucu !

ANKARAGUCU     1         Eskisehirspor     0

The kankas met up at The Bira Park – Maniac Kanka Harun and Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, and then we made the hike along the GMK Bulvar, through the underground Maltepe Carsi, through the impressive new Ankara Railway Station and then to the Stadium.   We met up with the remainder of the kankas there – Horseman Kanka Osman, Posh Kanka Ahmet and Vittoria Kanka Miguel.

The stadium atmosphere was in carnival mode and it was full in all the tribunes, except the away end which, of course, was empty !

An impressive giant flag in Maraton greeted the players as they entered to start the match.



Kayacan made the first of his string of saves in the 11th minute after fine work by Kenan and Umut to set up a golden opportunity for Enes whose goalbound shot was well saved and turned around the post for a corner (the first of many !).

16th minute and the customary Bursa song !

It was all Ankaragucu with sporadic breakaways by Ess-Ess, but the save of the match came 5 minutes before the break.   Enes was brought down just outside the box on the left.   Up stepped Erdem to send in ‘a curler’ to the top left hand corner of the goal and we were all up celebrating a great goal.    Wrong !!!    Kayacan made an acrobatic flying save to turn the ball round the post – absolutely incredible save !

One minute later and Altay was brought into the match to make his first save of the match, but it was a weak shot and easily saved.

Two minutes later and Kayacan made another great instinctive save when Umut crossed for Kenan who connected well, but his goalbound shot was saved with us all screaming for a goal !

Into time added on and there was a fracas between the 4th referee, one of the substitutes and Ismail Bey concerning a foul given against Ankaragucu.   A few missiles were thrown by a few supporters in Sag Kapali, but it was calmed by the presence of Police and stewards.   However, it could have turned nasty !   Here’s hoping the 4th official doesn’t report it to the TFF and give them another opportunity to punish us AGAIN !!

Just time for Kayacan to make another good save before the half time whistle.

Into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu again took the game to Ess-Ess and 5 minutes in it was almost on own-goal when and Ess-Ess defender made a panic clearance which went narrowly past the post for a corner.

8 minutes later a sweeping move by Ankaragucu ended with a goalbound shot by our great kaptan Erdem being saved by that man again for a corner.

It was all Ankaragucu, but Ess-Ess still looked dangerous on the break, but the Ankaragucu defence were able to deal with everything that came their way.

Then in the 64th minute, another one of Ismail Bey’s strange decisions when Kehinde replaced the hard working and effective Enes.   I honestly don’t know how his brain works !!!   There was Parlak still on the pitch who had been anonymous for most of the match.   His positioning when running off the ball is hopeless and he is not the partner for Umut to feed off.   I shake my head in disbelief.    Parlak is a bench warmer !!!

Rant over, and back to the match !    In the 66th minute Kenan was put through with a great pass, but his fierce shot went just past the post.

5 minutes later and the breakthrough came at last.   From a corner on the left, the ball wasn’t attacked by the defenders and Yusuf was on hand to head in with Kayacan exposed and unprotected.   Cue ...... wild scenes of celebration for all the tribunes and by the players at the Gecikondu end and took a few minutes for the referee to restart the match.

Into the last 15 minutes and Ankaragucu was soaking up the pressure now as Ess-Ess searched for an equaliser.   However, Altay was only called upon once more to save from another weak shot.

So, to the final whistle and sighs of relief all round as Ankaragucu took advantage of Rize and Bolu both dropping points.

Ess-Ess was a difficult nut to crack, thanks to the exploits of Kayacan, but the crucial goal was found and that’s the bottom line !

Now the pressure is back on Rize as Ankaragucu move to within one point of them at the top of the league.

Next up is an away match to 3rd bottom of the league, Denizli on 1 April (international footie next weekend).   On the other hand, Rize has a very difficult away match against Istan....spit....bulspor !

Haydi Ankaragucu – let’s do this, and return to our God given rightful position in the Super League !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Gencler under Ozat are shit

Can I just point out how utterly sick I am of Umit Ozat. This man, along with other things such as Passolig and Murat Cavcav, is completely destroying this club. Only a couple of hundred fans showed up this weekend. Why? Because we have lost all joy, all enthusiasm. The past few years have really been a stake in the heart of real Genclerbirligi fans.

So....

Genclerbirligi 1 - 1 Akhisar

Gencler was down for the whole match until the 5th minute of extra time. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ankaragücü vs Eskisehirspor match preview!



A crowd of 20,000 is expected on Sunday afternoon at the 19 Mayis Stadium as Ankaragücü take on fierce rivals Eskisehirspor with both sides having everything to fight for albeit different reasons. Ankaragücü will go into the match full of confidence after and excellent 2-1 win at Istanbulspor midweek. Eskisehirspor are only 1 point outside the relegation zone after a disappointing 4-2 home defeat against Altinordu midweek.

 Nduka Ozokwo and Anton Putsila both give Ankaragücü a big boost by returning to full training this week. Ozokwo has been out for 6 months after picking up an injury at Rizespor last year, while star man Putsila has missed the last couple of games. Both players will add quality to the Ankaragücü attack which has been a concern since the restart of the second half of the season. Tonia Tisdell is still out but also back in training.

The game at Istanbulspor midweek was hard fought but Ankaragücü will need to again find improvement as they were lucky to come away with all 3 points. The first half in particular was dominated by Istanbulspor who were faster and moved the ball a lot quicker. Two great finishes from Ilhan Parlak and Lanre Kehinde who were the heroes of the day giving Ankaragücü all 3 points.

It’s likely that Anton Putsila and Ilhan Parlak will come into the starting line up in place of Abdulkadir Kayali and Enes Kubat for Sunday’s game. Abdulkadir in particular has had a tough time with injuries during his 2nd spell at the club and has struggled to make any impact. 

Goals from Kenan Özer, Ilhan Parlak and Umut Nayir gave Ankaragücü all 3 points in a 3-1 win in Eskisehir the last time the two sides met. The result perhaps flattered Ankaragücü as Eskisehirspor had more possession and more shots on goal, but Ankaragücü were more clinical when it mattered.

Eskisehirspor have only won 1 of their last 5 matches and have struggled all season in the defensive side of their game. Only Manisaspor and Gaziantepspor have conceded more goals. That said only Rizespor have scored more goals all season in the PTT Lig.

Chiko Ofoedu is the key player for Eskisehirspor having scored 12 goals and his all round play makes him one of the leagues best players. His pace and skill will cause problems for any defence and the 25 year old is playing the best football of his career which will almost certainly see him win a move to a higher level in the summer. 

The Ankaragücü crowd will play a big role in Sunday’s match. An almost full 19 Mayis Stadium will bring a fantastic atmosphere which will help cheer the team on against rivals Eskisehirspor. Although the two sides have respect for each other’s fans, there is still a lot of tension between the two sets of fans after 2 Ankaragücü fans were stabbed in Eskisehir almost 10 years ago.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Istanbulspor 1-2 Ankaragucu match report!



Ankaragucu tonight fought against adversity to claim all 3 points in Istanbul with a fantastic 2-1 win over Istanbulspor. Despite having only played on Friday in a hard fought win over Adanaspor, the Ankaragucu fought through the tiredness to deliver and emphatic win for the 500 strong travelling support including our very own Maniac Harun who met President Yiginer.

Team - Altay, Erdem, Alihan, Yusuf, Ferhat, Arif, Sedat, Abdulkadir, Enes, Ilhan, Umut Nayir
Subs - Korcan, Kenan, Kehinde, Gencer, Mahmut, Mehmet, Ahmet, Lukasz

Their were a few raised eyebrows and angry reactions when the Ankaragucu team was announced with Kenan dropping to the bench and Ilhan Parlak starting in his place. Ilhan however would have the last laugh.

Istanbulspor started the game brightly and passed the ball well while Ankaragucu looked sluggish and couldn’t get a foot on the ball. The first chance of the game came for Istanbulspor when Mehmet was put through on goal but he chipped his shot over Altay but wide of the post.

Next up was a shot from the edge of the box from Zafer but Altay produced a brilliant save to tip the ball over the bar. Mehmet Celik then produced a wonderful pass for Cajic but he somehow shot wide with just Altay to beat.

Into the second half and again it was Istanbulspor on the front foot. A good ball to the back post for Onur Kolay who volleyed his shot but Altay again made a fantastic save to keep the score at 0-0.

With their first chance of the game Ankaragucu would take the lead with a brilliant goal from Ilhan Parlak. A great ball into the box from Erdem was met by Gencer whose overhead kick fell to Ilhan who in turn volleyed his shot into the top corner. The Ankaragucu fans erupted and Ilhan celebrated with them in style.

It took Istanbulspor only 7 minutes to find the equaliser, a lovely ball out Cajic through on goal and he beautifully chipped Altay to make it 1-1 with 10 minutes to go.

Just when it looked to be heading for a draw up stepped Lanre Kehinde to play hero of the day. Another fantastic cross from Erdem with his 15th assist of the season for Kehinde who met the ball with a brilliant diving header to make it 2-1 Ankaragucu and send the fans wild!!

A poor first half performance, but Ankaragucu showed great spirit for the 3 points and climb back up into 2nd. Next up is a home match on Sunday with fierce rivals Eskisehirspor in what should be an absolute cracker at the 19 Mayis Stadium.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ankaragucu 2-1 Adanaspor match report!




So following on from Jim’s report below, Ankaragucu led Adanspor 1-0 with 65 minutes to go on Friday afternoon due to the game being abandoned on Thursday night due to floodlight failure.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Alihan, Yusuf, Mehmet, Arif, Sedat, Abdulkadir, Kenan, Enes, Umut
Subs - Altay, Ilhan, Gencer, Ferhat, Kehinde, Mahmut, Ahmet, Lukasz, Oguzhan

Ankaragücü took all 3 points with a 2-1 win over Adanaspor and although most Ankaragücü fans are delighted that we are back up to 2nd, I’m sorry to put some negativity on the result, but it was another poor performance against a team who have only won 3 of their last 15 games while having one of the worst defensive records in the league.

On the Thursday night Ankaragücü passed the Ball well and looked in control deservingly leading through a Yusuf Abdioglu goal. On the Friday afternoon where conditions were excellent Ankaragücü came away with 3 points but can count themselves lucky as Adanaspor went close to nicking a draw.

Umut Nayir again showed why he is so vital to the Ankaragücü attack with another excellent goal on the 51st minute. A brilliant strike from about 25 yards but questions will be asked of Mert Aykuz in the Adanaspor goal.

Just when it looked like Ankaragücü were heading for a comfortable win, Adanspor hit on the break down the right hand side and Oguzhan miss hit his shot which went straight into the net with Korcan not expecting the ball to go in at his front post. Mehmet Sak was the player caught out of position and it was the same area that Adanaspor were trying to exploit the rest of the match.

Sedat had a great chance for Ankaragücü after a nice move but hit his shot high and wide from about 5 yards out.

Mehmet Sak was again caught out of position with Kalu Uche through on goal, but the Nigerian dragged his shot wide when he should have scored. Adanaspor had another couple of chances late on but Ankaragucu held on for the 3 points and now go 2nd.

Ankaragucu on too many occasions got into good positions but the final ball and finishing was awful. Kenan Özer, Enes Kubat, Ilhan Parlak when he came on and Sedat were all guilty. The team now travel to Istanbul for Monday nights game at Istanbulspor. The club tried to change the game to Tuesday due to the Adana game being played on the Friday but the TFF refused.

İsmail Kartal said after the game that the team are still fighting for the title but the main problem is the small squad and not having a lot of options due to the transfer ban, but the team will keep on fighting.

Friday, March 09, 2018

ANKARAGUCU WIN, BUT ....... RECEIVE ZERO POINTS !!!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Whaaaaaaaat ?      How can that be ???

Darkness descended on the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara when we had a massive power cut after 35 minutes last night which affected the floodlights and stadium internal lights.    There had been a power outage of the internal lights in the 10th minute which held up play for about 5 minutes, but we didn’t have an inkling of what was to come at that time !

Anyway, we all met-up in high spirits full of expectation in the TSYD Restaurant where we welcomed back Scouse Kanka Marcus for a quick visit to Ankara.   Also there were Maniac Kanka Harun, Nurer Kanka, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Posh Kanka Ahmet, and later in the Stadium, Vittoria Kanka Miguel.


Pre-match food and drinkies with VIP Guest, Scouse Kanka Marcus

It was pissing down with rain pre-match and during the match, but that didn’t seem to bother the Ankaragucu players who went straight into attack mode from the off.

Ankaragucu almost took the lead in the 2nd minute when Kenan made a pinpoint pass to Enes, but his shot whizzed past the post.

16 minutes brought on a chorus of the Bursa song as Ankaragucu continued to dominate proceedings.   The goalkeeper came to Adana’s rrescue with a save on the 28th minute, but he was unable to prevent the opening goal 4 minutes later.

A corner on the right was floated in and first to react in the crowded penalty area was Yusuf who prodded the ball in from close range.

Then, 3 minutes later ........... BLACKOUT !!!

We waited about half an hour before the announcement was made to postpone the match.    So, off to The Bira Park we trotted for some refreshments, and not forgetting Mercimek Soup for Marcus and Damon !

The continuation of this match is today (Friday) and Part 2 of this story will follow soooooon by Nadeem.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim