Monday, July 30, 2018

Ankaragücü sign African duo!

It was another busy day for the Ankaragücü management team as they completed the double signings of Muhammed Kehinde and Bakary Kone as the club prepare for the season opener next Friday night.

Bakary Kone is a big signing for the club who beat off competiton from Trabzonspor and other European clubs to sign the 30 year old centre half on a 2+1 year contract. Kone spent the bulk of his career in the French top flight playing over 200 games for Guingamp, Lyon and Strasbourg. The Burkina Faso International with 76 caps had an unsuccessful spell in Spain with Malaga after he was unable to settle moves to Ankaragucu on a free transfer.

Muhammed Kehinde is somewhat of a surprise signing after it was announced last month that he wouldn’t be returning after a loan spell last season. With the club losing out on the signing of Umut Nayir they have now moved to secure Kehinde on a 3 year deal. Kehinde scored 7 goals in 24 games last season and only showed flashes of his potential. He’s still only 24 and has a lot of improving to do especially now that the club are in the Super Lig, but he has all the attributes such as pace, power and he can score goals. Let’s hope that he repays the faith shown by İsmail Kartal.

In other news, the preparations for the Super Lig haven’t been ideal due to uncertainty of where the club would be playing their home games. That has now been confirmed as Yenikent Stadium until Eryaman is ready. However there was more bad news today as the TSYD Cup scheduled for this weekend was cancelled due to a Yenikent being unavailable. That means with less than 2 weeks until the season starts Ankaragücü have only played 1 pre season match.

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