Monday, February 17, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI TEAR-UP THE FORM BOOK !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

While Ankaragucu recorded a routine and expected victory against istan....spit....bul fener....spit....bahce on Saturday, Genclerbirligi upset the form book and defeated high flying Alanya on the south coast yesterday.

Bear in mind that this is the team that knocked galata....spit....saray out of the Turkish Cup last week, so we must congratulate Gencler on an outstanding result.

Alanyaspor         0            GENCLERBIRLIGI        1

Team – Nordfeldt, Erdem, Ramos, Halil, Toure, Sefa, Sessegnon, Baiano, Yasin, Candeias and Stancu

Substitutes – Ahmet, Sio and Berat

Stancu was the hero for Gencler (again) with the crucial goal in the 77th minute.   However, it must have been a team performance to put the shutters up against an in form team like Alanya who have scored 41 league goals this season.

It is still a ‘dogs breakfast’ in the fight to avoid relegation with only 12 points separating Antep in 9th position and Kayseri at the bottom, with 8 other teams in the mix.

Therefore, the Ankara Derby takes on added significance next Sunday KO 4pm in the ‘6 pointer’  !

It is Gencler’s home match, and it is unclear at the moment if they will make Ankaragucu take the small away section, or open up the Stadium for Ankaragucu.

I will inform you of the decision in the comments section of this report and the Ankaragucu v fener....spit....bahce report when it is known.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, February 16, 2020

ANKARAGUCU SHOWS NO MERCY AND SAVAGES THE CANARIES !!!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies. 

A night to remember last night when the Canaries were sent back to Istan.....spit.....bul with their feathers painted Ankara Blue  !!!



The doubters had to eat their words and the small band of Fener supporters in the away end were silenced in the 12th minute never to sing again  !!

A truly great team performance from Ankaragucu which will live long in the memory.   They never stopped running, harrying and chasing every ball and their belief spread to the supporters who sang throughout encouraging and applauding every attack and defensive move.     They showed touches of skill which we haven’t seen for some time and this bodes well for the future and moving up the league table.    Optimism is definitely back on the menu !

ANKARAGUCU       2                   Fenerbahce        1

Team – Ricardo, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Alihan, Pinto, Faty, Lukasik, Lobzhanidze (also known as Saba), Sedat, Michalak and Rodrigues

Substitutes – Ilhan, Atila and Pazdan

The kankas (Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and Maniac Kanka Haarun) met up at The Bira Park prior to the long journey out into the sticks to Eryaman Stadium where we met Posh Kanka Ahmet.



The Stadium was full and Gecikondu was in fine voice as usual all through the match, as were all the other tribunes.



Fener was first to threaten when Kruse was left unmarked on the left but his angled shot was well saved by Ricardo.

10 minutes into the match and we saw the first sign that Saba was going to cause problems down the right with his speed and anticipation.    A great pass was sent to him on the right and he scurried down the wing with Fener defender trying to catch him, crossed into the box, but Rodrigues header was just past the post.

2 minutes later and Saba was on hand to benefit from a schoolboy error in the Fener defence and he was able to run the ball into the goal with Fener defenders looking at each other for who to blame.

This was the beginning of belief on and off the field that we could actually win this and could forget about salvaging one point !!!

5 minutes later and Alihan to the rescue when he made a timely interception when a Fener attacker was shaping to shoot in a dangerous position.

25 minutes gone and Michalak should have added another when he was put through with a defence splitting pass but he shot straight at Altay when it seemed easier to score.

Approaching half time and Rodrigues took a free kick just outside the box on the left but his shot was well over.

So, a good first half with Saba causing problems on the right and some great passes from midfield to him.     Lots of reasons to be encouraged for the 2nd half.

5 minutes into the 2nd half and the one big scare of the match when Alihan headed into his own goal from a cross on the left.    Oooooos and Aaaaaaaas from all around, but ......... the referee (God bless him !!!) raised his arm for a free kick to Ankaragucu.    I suspect that Alihan was pushed which made him connect with the ball accidentally.     Relief all round and Ankaragucu continued to harry and chase every ball.

3 minutes later and it was Rodrigues who had a great chance to add a 2nd when a peach of a pass was made to him on the half way line from deep in defence.    Off he went with Fener defenders chasing him, but unfortunately he doesn’t have Saba’s speed and he was dispossessed near the penalty area.

He had another chance 3 minutes later but shot well over.

However, his moment came in the 74th minute when another fast attack came down the left wing.    The cut-back cross was sent to him just outside the box which he collected, brought under control, and fired in an unstoppable shot to the top right to send us all delirious !!

It was just a question of hanging on for the final 15 minutes and playing out the match for an historic victory.

However, Fener tried to spoil the party .........and failed .......... by scoring a consolation goal with the last kick of the match 6 minutes into time added on.

The celebrations were not to be denied and Damon and I had a mini party on arrival back in Kizilay !!!

This win moves Ankaragucu out of the relegation zone for the time being and only 7 points behind mid-table Antep.    With the fighting spirit and will to win displayed by the team last night we can be optimistic of moving further up the table in the weeks ahead.

Next Sunday is the Ankara Derby with Genclerbirligi the home team.   So, it is unclear if we will be only allowed into the small away section or if Gencler will agree to offer more areas to Ankaragucu.     Details here in the comments section and Nadeem’s preview when they are known.

Well done Ankaragucu !!!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Ankaragücü vs Fenerbahce match preview!



Eryaman Stadiums home section has sold out for Saturday nights game with Fenerbahce who are also expected to sell out their allocation. A huge game for both clubs win Ankaragücü fighting relegation while Fenerbahce are still in the mix for the Championship.

Ankaragücü will go into the match with confidence after picking 4 points up in their last 2 games and  will be hoping the home advantage and atmosphere can work in their favour. The 1-0 win at Yeni Malatyaspor has given Ankaragücü a lifeline in their fight for survival, but they will have to find the next level in performance of they are to take anything from the game on Saturday.

Ilhan Parlak and Oscar Scarione came in for a bit of criticism last week with their performances especially Ilhan on the ball. Konrad Michalak came on for Ilhan in the 2nd half and instantly changed the game with his speed and dribbling skills and it would be a surprise if he didn’t take the place of Ilhan in the team. Michal Pazdan could also return to the team after illness although Alihan played very well in his absence last week.

Daniel Lukasik was man of the match last weekend in Malatya with an excellent performance in the middle of the park. His work rate and energy drove Ankaragücü forward while being able to retain possession which has often been a problem for the team this season. Gerson Rodrigues has shown flashes of brilliance and then trying to hard to make everything look fancy, he can be a key player for the club but needs to concentrate on doing the basics first.

Fenerbahce won 2-1 in Istanbul earlier in the season, but the big talking point from the game was some of the decisions that went against Ankaragücü. Dever Orgill gave Ankaragücü the lead but Fenerbahce got back into the match through Zanka from a corner which should have been a goal kick to Ankaragücü. There were some other dodgy decisions that went Fenerbahce way that day too. The Istanbul side have been of late putting out statements on a weekly basis about decisions that are going against them, which has also resulted in Ankaragücü putting out a statement saying they don’t want to be disadvantaged by referees feeling under pressure to give Fenerbahce decisions.

Fenerbahce will be without Garry Rodrigues through injury but still have plenty of quality in the team including the brilliant Vedat Muriqi and Max Kruse who will be the main dangermen. If Ankaragücü can keep those two quiet they have a chance of taking something from the game.

Some news from off field this week. President Fatih Mert has lifted the 5% members quota and will now allow all Ankaragucu to be members of the club which is a historical day for the club. Also the debt has been reduced to around £32 Million pounds. At last we are seeing some transparency and it’s all thanks to having Ankaragücü fans running the club.

The Kanka group will all be in attendance at the game on Saturday and Jim will have his match report on Sunday. Saldir Ankaragücü!!!

Sunday, February 09, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI ALMOST PUT THE SHUTTERS UP AGAINST LEAGUE LEADERS !



Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Gencler conceded two late goals yesterday to new league leaders Trabzon and have now lost 10 matches which keeps them stuck in the dangerous relegation battle.

GENCLERBIRLIGI      0           Trabzonspor       2

Team – Nordfeldt, Erdem, Flavio, Toure, Halil, Yasin, Baiano, Candeias, Sessegnon, Sefa and Nadir

Substitutes – Ahmet, Seuntjens and Sio

Trabzon won a penalty with 10 minutes of the match remaining which was despatched by Sosa, and with 7 minutes left, the match was put to bed by Nwakaeme.

Trabzon’s top goal scorer, Sorloth, was shown a straight red card deep into time added on.

So, the relegation battle continues with 6 teams at the bottom who are realistically in the fight.   Kayseri is looking doomed, but 2nd bottom Kasimpasa is only 5 points behind Gencler.

As I’ve said many times, it doesn’t get any easier in this league, with Gencler travelling to 3rd top Alanya next Sunday.

There will probably be a new league leader later today when Sivas and Basaksehir go head to head, but both Ankara teams are only focused on the bottom positions !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Friday, February 07, 2020

Yeni Malatyaspor 0-1 Ankaragücü match report!




Ankaragücü won their first game in 16 outings since they beat Genclerbirligi in the derby back in September after a 1-0 win in Malatya. Hopefully this is the turning point and the team can kick on and avoid the drop.

Michal Pazdan was ruled out with sickness and replaced with Alihan Kubalas while Ricardo Freidrich made his debut in goal for the injured Korcan. There were also a surprise couple of starters in the team as Ilhan and Scarione were both in the starting 11.

Team - Ricardo, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Alihan, Pinto, Lukasik, Scarione, Saba, Ilhan, Rodrigues, Orgill

Subs - Yigit, Michalak, Atilla, Rivas, Sedat, Orkan, Cebrail, Aydin, Stanojevic, Fatih

Ankaragücü were looking to win the ball high up the pitch with Ilhan and Orgill pressing the defence. That resulted in an early chance for Orgill on the 5th minute but Farnolle made a good save.

At the other end Kjartansson had a chance but his shot was deflected with by Alihan who threw his body in the way of the ball.

Malatyaspor were having the majority of possession but not creating anything of note. At the other end Orgill and Rodrigues were wasteful and some of their touches and link up play was very poor, while Ilhan was anonymous.

Rodrigues went on a run from his own half midway through the first half as he beat Mina on the half way line before going through on goal but his shot was deflected wide.

Just before half time Chaalali had a shot on goal easily saved, before Ricardo also made an excellent save from Kjartansson after a poor back pass by Scarione.

A poor first half performance from Ankaragücü with a severe lack of quality from any of the midfield and attack. Only Lukasik was given pass marks in the first half along with the defence and Ricardo.

Half Time

Early into the second half Lukasik played through a great ball for Orgill but Mustafa Akbas handled the ball and was the last man resulting in a red card. Ankaragücü were still poor in possession with the man advantage and it was Malatyaspor who almost took the lead as former Ankaragucu man Umut Bulut saw his shot deflected wide.

A few minutes later Ankaragücü had a good counter attack with Saba finding Rodrigues but his shot was straight at Farnolle. Next up was Dever Orgill who saw his shot from the edge of the box well saved again by Farnolle.

Konrad Michalak came on for Ilhan Parlak and made an instant impact as he squared the ball to Rodrigues who then played in Orgill who fired from the edge of the box into the bottom corner making it 0-1 Ankaragücü. Great goal.

A couple of minutes later Saba Lobjanidze had a chance but his shot was saved by Farnolle. At the other end Chaalali saw his free kick deflected just over.

Former Ankaragücü winger Thievy Bifouma was trying to get his side back into the game and almost did just that on the 78th minute but his shot came back off the post.

Four minutes later Saba was put though on goal but Farnolle made another good save. Ankaragücü were pushing for that 2nd and another excellent move saw Atilla cut the ball back for Rodrigues who then saw his shot come back off the bar.

In the last minute Stelios Kitsiou should have finished the game off with another golden chance but somehow dragged his shot wide. Ankaragücü did however hang on for the win much to the delight of the squad and fans which will hopefully give them confidence.

Next up is Fenerbahce next Saturday night at home. Another tough game but with a full stadium maybe we can cause an upset.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Yeni Malatyaspor vs Ankaragücü match preview!




Ankaragücü are back in action on Friday night as they travel to Yeni Malatyaspor who after a good start are also finding themselves dragged into the relegation battle. With a tough run of games coming up this is a must win match for Ankaragücü after managing only a 1-1 draw against Kasimpasa on Sunday.

Despite the draw there was a lot to be encouraged about with news signings Gerson Rodrigues, Daniel Lukasik, Saba Lobjanidze and Michal Konrad all impressing. Ankaragücü will also have Milos Stanojevic, Gelmin Rivas and Cebrail Karayel back on Friday night which will further strengthen the squad.

Mustafa Resit Akcay has a tough job on his hands trying to integrate 15 new players into the squad and doesn’t have the luxury of time on his hands as the team need to start winning from Friday. Oscar Scarione was given his 2nd start of the season last week but failed to grab his opportunity and their have been calls for Tito Canteros to return to the side.

Yeni Malatyaspor  have only won 1 of their last 10 games and that was a 2-0 win at Besiktas. They also lost key players Adis Jahovic to Antalyaspor and Guilherme to Trabzonspor in the January transfer window, while sacking their manager Sergen Yalcin who has now taken over as Besiktas manager.

They did however bring in Burundi winger Youssouf Ndayishimye and former Ankaragücü striker Umut Bulut, neither are of the quality of the players they let go though. Thievy Bifouma Another Former Ankaragücü player will be key for Malatyaspor in this match with his pace and skill enough to cause any defender in the Super Lig problems.

Kamel Ozdas will be hoping for a repeat of the performance in Ankara where Yeni Malatyaspor ran out 4-0 winners.

This game should be a lot closer between the two sides this time and Ankaragücü might just fancy their chances if they can keep it tight at the back and take advantage of the low confidence levels at Malatyaspor.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Ankaragücü 1-1 Kasimpasa match report!




The new signings couldn’t quite do enough to earn Ankaragücü all 3 points in the relegation battle against Kasimpasa. There were some impressive debuts from Gerson Rodrigues and Saba Lobjanidze in particular but still a few places in the team in midfield and attack where the team lacked quality today.

Team - Korcan, Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Sedat, Lukasik, Rodrigues, Scarione, Saba, Orgill

Subs - Ricardo, Ilhan, Faty, Michalak, Mahmut, Orkan, Ender, Aydin, Fatih, Atila

Mustafa Resit Akcay gave 3 starting debuts with Rodrigues, Lukasik and Saba all making their first appearance in Sari Lacivert. There was also a surprise start for Oscar Scarione who failed to grab his chance in the game and will almost certainly drop out next week against Malatyaspor.

Kasimpasa started the brighter and took the lead after only 7 minutes in front of a near full Eryaman crowd. A brilliant cross from Haddadi on the left hand side was brilliantly headed past Korcan in the Ankaragücü goal to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

The Istanbul side doubled their lead minutes later but VAR correctly ruled it out for offside. Another great ball into the box headed by Thiam but Korcan made an outstanding save. Thiam then scored from the rebound but was offside.

Gerson Rodrigues sparked Ankaragücü into life and almost got them level as he cut inside his man in the box before firing his shot at goal but Ozturk made a good save.

Sedat then saw his long range effort go just over the bar as Ankaragücü kept the pressure on Kasimpasa.

Just before half time Ankaragücü nearly drew level after a brilliant move from Saba Lobjanidze and Dever Orgill but Saba saw his shot hit the post as he looked for that debut goal.

Half Time

Into the second half and Saba hit the post again. A brilliant ball from Gerson Rodrigues and Saba hit the ball first time but his shot came back off the post. Dever Orgill was then on hand to pick up the lose ball and cut inside his man in the box and was brought down for a penalty after the referee consulted VAR. Up stepped Rodrigues who fired the ball into the top corner and make it 1-1.

Ricardo Quaresma had a late free kick brilliantly saved by Korcan before Ilhan at the other end had a great chance to win the game for Ankaragücü but he somehow fired his shot high and wide.

Full time ended in a 1-1 draw which is disappointing for Ankaragücü as these are the games you need to win. But there were some positive signs today and with Cebrail, Milos and Rivas all back next week the team will be stronger for the game against Yeni Malatyaspor.

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Ankaragücü vs Kasimpasa match preview!



Ankaragücü host fellow relegation candidates Kasimpasa tomorrow afternoon in a 6 pointer and must win match if the team want to avoid the drop. The club were given a massive boost yesterday with 15 new players on transfer deadline day and the fans are eager to see the new faces in action starting with tomorrow’s game at Eryaman.

Mustafa Resit Akcay will take control of the team for his first match after he was appointed the clubs new manager midweek. It will be interesting to see how the team lines up and what system he will play with so many new players.

Although the new players will give Ankaragücü the chance of avoiding the drop, it’s always difficult when you sign so many players from different countries and try and get them to gel and adapt quickly. Unfortunately they won’t get time to settle and will need to hit the ground running. Mustafa Kaplan was successful last January when he also brought in multiple players on the last day of the window.

Despite playing the first half of the season with a transfer ban and the weakest squad in the Super Lig, Ankaragücü managed to keep their relegation hopes alive with spirited performances each week and every player worked their socks off for the jersey. If the new players continue that same work rate and effort then the team have a great chance of staying up.

Thiago Pinto, Michal Pazdan, Stelios Kitsiou, Ante Kulusic and Dever Orgill will also be boosted with the arrival of new players as the first 4 in particular have had good seasons and don’t deserve to be playing at the foot of the table.

Kasimpasa will be hoping they can come to the Capital and take all 3 points back to Istanbul. They have the quality in attack with Ricardo Quaresma, Bengali Fode Koita and Mamadou Thiam but struggle defensively and concede a lot of goals.

Ankaragücü won 1-0 the last time the two sides met earlier in the season and will be hoping to complete the double tomorrow afternoon.

Let’s hope we are reporting 3 points tomorrow for Ankaragücü and the start of a winning run as we look to avoid relegation.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Ankaragücü transfer deadline roundup!




After 1 year of being unable to sign any players due to the transfer ban, Ankaragücü were one of the most active teams in Europe on transfer deadline day with 16 new players coming in and multiple players leaving the club.

Again well done to Fatih Mert and his management team for working round the clock for the past few months as they look to give the club and new manager Mustafa Resit Akcay some hope in fighting relegation.

We take a look at all of the players who signed for the club today and what some of the journalists i spoke to on Twitter said.

Ricardo Freidrich - Brazilian Goalkeeper signed from Bodo Glimt In Norway having spent the last few years there and also Finland. Our very own Miguel said he spoke to a few people who have seen him play and reckon he will be a good signing. At 26 years old he is also in the prime of his career.

Atilla Turan - Was highly rated in France as a Youngster having been capped at every youth level. Hasn’t fulfilled that potential and the 27 year old left back has signed on a free transfer from Kayserispor as backup for Thiago Pinto.

Okan Cinar - Another who hasn’t fulfilled his potential but has plenty of talent. Signed on a free transfer from Besiktas, the winger has excellent technique and is a creative spark but questions are asked over his attitude and work rate.

Saba Lobjanidze - One of the most exciting signings, the Georgian winger signs on loan from FC Randers in Denmark. Speaking to a couple of Danish fans on Twitter they say that he has plenty of speed and skill but sometimes doesn’t have the final ball. Players with speed tend to do well in Turkey so let’s hope Saba can kick start his career in the Turkish Capital.

Konrad Mikhalak - 22 year old Polish winger signed on loan from Akhmat Grozny. Hopefully he’s as successful as Michal Pazdan but the reports I received on him weren’t great.

Gerson Rodrigues - Signed on loan from Dynamo Kiev, born in Portugal but represents Luxembourg at international level. Having spoke to people who have saw him play, he could be a good signing for the club. Can play anywhere across the front line.

Gelmin Rivas - Spent the majority of his career in the Middle East and is well respected over there. The 30 year old Venezuelan striker will hoping to fire Ankaragücü to safety as goals this season have been very few and far between.

Daniel Lukasik - Devensive midfielder signed on loan from Legia Gdańsk in Poland and received similar reviews to Konrad Mikhalik.

Milos Stanojevic - Midfielder signed from FC Sarajevo in Bosnia. At 26 years old Milos has a lot of experience and will be another valuable addition to the middle of the park.

Fatih Tultak- Good piece of business from the club signing the 18 year old centre half from Karabukspor who are struggling financially. The youngster has also been capped for the Turkish U18 national team.

Arda Belen - Another great coup from the club signing 19 year old right back Arda Belen also from Karabukspor who had been capped for the Turkey U19 national team.

Ahmet Sun - Former Osmanlispor winger, the 21 year old has signed from BAK FK

Muhammed Yasir Karabay - Signed on a free transfer having been without a club. The former Genclerbirligi youth will be looking to kick start his career.

Nduka Ozokwo - A real strange signing. Nduka now in his 3rd spell with the club where he has never been able to break into the first team and hasn’t played any football in 8-9 months. At 31 years old he isn’t a youth player who you can look to develop.

Enes Kubat - Enes will always be well thought of by the Ankaragücü fans after helping the club come up the divisions and win promotion back to Super Lig, will most likely warm the bench as he struggled to break into Lig 1 side Altinordu side. Surprise signing but we wish him the best.

Suat Kaya - Former Osmanlispor player who is looking to kick start his career after being released by BAK FK. 20 year old winger.


And that wraps it up. Some exciting signings, some unknowns and some real strange signings too. Now it’s down to the manager and team to help the club stay in the Super Lig starting with Kasimpasa at home on Sunday.

Heading the other way out the door are Yalcin Ayhan who signed with Fatih Karagumruk while Tito Canteros, Moke and Aydin Karabulut have also been told to find new clubs. Hasan Kaya has also moved on loan to Erzincan.

Onto Sunday we now go and let’s hope for a full stadium in the 6 pointer!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Ankaragücü management lift the transfer ban!




The long wait is over as Fatih Mert announced today that after months of hard work the club have finally removed the transfer ban. Firstly a big congratulations to Fatih and the rest of his management team for all their hard work and dedication to the club which hopefully will see the good times return and give the team what they need to avoid relegation.

Earlier in the week Ankaragücü announced former Osmanlispor coach Mustafa Resit Akcay will be taking over from Mustafa Kaplan as the clubs new manger which saw some mixed reviews from the Ankaragücü support. He did however lead Osmanlispor to the Europa League and is a well respected coach.

We are still awaiting confirmation of the clubs new signings with 11 already agreeing Contracts’s with the club and possibly more to come. As soon as they announced we will have all the latest news here.

On their way out of the club is Tito Canteros, Wilfred Moke and Aydin Karabulut who have all been told to find new clubs.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Kayserispor 1-1 Ankaragücü match report!





It was a Kanka reunion this time in my hometown in Scotland instead of the Turkish Capital as Jim returned home and was accompanied by Damon who is making his first trip to Scotland. It was great to see both of them again who kindly brought some beautiful gifts for our baby who is due in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to Damon, Jim and Harun for their generosity.

Today saw another huge game for Ankaragücü as they took on fellow relegation candidates Kayserispor. The talk during the week was that Ankaragücü would lift the transfer ban on Friday. Unfortunately that never materialised and there are still 3 files to sort out with Fifa before the ban can be lifted. The club is still hoping it can do that next week.

The players who are here just now again done their part and picked up another valuable point. Aykan Atik who took control of the team after Mustafa Kaplan left midweek brought Denver a Orgill into the starting line up but decided to go with Faty and Sedat instead of Scarione much to the disappointment of the Ankaragücü fans.

Team - Korcan, Cebrail, Kulusic, Pazdan, Pinto, Faty, Sedat, Canteros, Ilhan, Kitsiou, Orgill
Subs - Kafkasyali, Alihan, Moke, Mahmut, Aydin, Scarione, Hasan, Sadaev, Mehmet, Alper

Kayserispor got off to a flying start as they took the lead after the first minute but fortunately for Ankaragücü the goal was ruled out for offside after a VAR check.

A minute later Ankaragücü also had a goal ruled out for offside though Ilhan Parlak. Both decisions were correct in the end.

The opening goal came on the 23rd minute as Kayserispor were awarded a penalty after Pazdan was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. Up stepped Bernard Mensah to make it 1-0 for the home side.

The next big talking point didn’t come until the start of the second half when Cebrail Karayel was sent off for Ankaragücü. Having already been on a yellow card, Cebrail won the ball from Henrique who after 5 seconds decided to have a delayed dive and Cunyet Cakir somehow red carded Cebrail. One of the worst decisions you will ever see.

We have seen so many times this season, despite the lack of quality and all the off field problems this Ankaragücü team never quits. And the same can be said today again as the ten men managed to grab an equaliser. A brilliant cross into the box from Thiago Pinto was met by the head of Alihan Kubalas who beautifully headed the ball past the keeper to make it 1-1.

Kayserispor were awarded another penalty late on but this time VAR saved Ankaragücü and again it was the correct decision.

In the final minute of the game, Oscar Scarione was almost the hero again with a brilliant free kick from the edge of the box but the ball hit the post and it was the final action of the game.

A 1-1 draw and a home game against Kasimpasa next Sunday. Let’s hope we can lift the transfer ban midweek and give everyone a lift.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI SUCCUMB TO TWO LATE GOALS !




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Genclerbirligi had an inauspicious start to the 2nd half of the season when they conceded two late goals in ‘Tea Country’ last night.

Rizespor          2                GENCLERBIRLIGI            0

This defeat leaves Gencler perilously close to the relegation zone and only 4 points above 3rd bottom club Antalya.   However, it is very congested at the bottom of the league, so still plenty to play for to fight for their survival in the Super League.

Milan Skoda did the damage last night with both goals in the 70th and 85th minute.

Gencler has the Friday match this week at home to Gaziantep who sit 6 points above Gencler.

I will be unable to comment on any Gencler matches for the next 2 weeks due to my annual pilgrimage to Scotland.   However, I will be back next month to give a brief account of their situation.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, January 18, 2020

ANKARAGUCU OFFER LITTLE IN THE WAY OF HOPE !




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Only Konya supporters will have enjoyed last night’s match at The Eryaman Stadium and will have been relieved to have eventually bagged all 3 points which moved them 6 points clear of Ankaragucu.

Ankaragucu, on the other hand, has left us long suffering supporters with little hope to salvage their status as a Super League team after their abysmal performance last night when they toiled for 94 minutes without putting one serious shot on target.

ANKARAGUCU       0              Konyaspor           1

Ankaragucu was lucky to escape into the tunnel at half time without conceding after Konya took the match to Ankaragucu from the off, and it was a miracle that the opening goal didn’t arrive on the 15th minute mark.   With an open goal, the Konya attacker had his shot blocked by a late lunge by Korcan.

2 minutes later and a Konya attacker was ideally placed on the right inside the box but sent his shot just past the left post.

25 minutes gone and Korcan to the rescue again when he saved from a one-on-one situation.

Still the kankas had not entirely given up hope at half time.   Perhaps we were thinking it could be a game of two halves   ??!!      Wrong  !!



A good turn-out of kankas in The Alerta Bar for the visit of Prodigal Son, Cider Kanka John, who returned to Ankara after an absence of 2 years.   Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Kaleci Kanka Tansu, Paddy Kanka Paul and Andy gave him a rousing welcome back into the fold.

Half way through the 2nd half and the response from Ankaragucu didn’t materialise with Korcan brought into action again to save a certain goal from a cut-back on the left.   Then 10 minutes from the final whistle yet another great escapes when a Konya cross came in from the left and a Konya attacker sent in a bullet of a header with Korcan rooted to his goal line.   However, the ball struck the left post, rebounded into play and was cleared.

2 minutes into time-added-on and the killer blow arrived.   To be fair, it was no more than Konya deserved after dominating the match.   A Konya break out of defence saw the ball played to an unmarked attacker on the right and he drove into the danger area and lobbed the ball over the outrushing Korcan’s head and in for the winning goal.

So, Ankaragucu still languish in 2nd bottom position in the league and if they continue to play like they did last night can have little hope of staying the Super League.   Only Korcan and Scarione can take some credit for their performances last night.

Next Saturday will be the acid test and a 6 Pointer when Ankaragucu travel to bottom club Kayseri to decide which of them will prop-up the League  !!

I shudder to think what the top 4 teams in the league would have done to Ankaragucu last night.    With the transfer ban still firmly in place, it doesn’t bear thinking about what is to come in the next few months  !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim