Tuesday, December 12, 2023



Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Football will ultimately take a back seat to the flare-up which occurred after the final whistle last night when the referee, Halil Meler, was physically attacked by the Ankaragucu President, Faruk Koca, and others.    Disgraceful scenes which will have dire consequences for Faruk Bey and The Club.    More details of this incident and the subsequent action taken will be posted here soon.


However, for now, I return to football and last night’s match ........


I have been reminded quite a few times over the years by Battle Damaged Kanka Damon that ball possession doesn’t necessarily win matches, and so it proved again last night.


With Ankaragucu playing the 2nd half with 10 men, Rize took full advantage and boasted 68% possession, but in the end they only had 2 shots on target to show for it   !!


It was a bad tempered match at times with Rize resorting to over physical measures.     The referee showed 2 red cards and 6 yellow cards   !!


ANKARAGUCU            1                         Rize             1


Team – Bahadir, Atakan, Radakovic, Mujakic, Alper, Ali Kaan, Pedrinho, Morutan, Efkan, Renaldo and Ali


Substitutes – Tasos, Macheda, Rodrigues and Andrej


Ankaragucu made a great start after only 10 minutes when the ball was played to Ali just inside the box on the right.   He then avoided tackles from 3 defenders and shot inside the right post.     However, celebrations were cut short when the referee was directed to the VAR and then disallowed the goal for a handball by Renaldo prior to the build up to the attack.


But, 3 minutes later and Ankaragucu found the goal when Morutan received a pass 30 yards out and drove into the box on the right.   He sent his rasping shot inside the left post for an excellent individual goal.


Ali had 2 further chances to add a 2nd before the half time whistle.     Firstly from a corner, he sent his downward header just past the post, and then scuffed his shot past after good build-up play.


The Ankaragucu defence held firm and restricted Rize to zero shots on target   !!


The 2nd half was only 1 minute old when things started to go pear-shaped for Ankaragucu.    Ali, who had received a yellow card for arguing in the 1st half, was shown a 2nd yellow card for a clumsy push in the back on a Rize player.   A foul, no doubt about it, but hardly malicious and never deserving of a RED card   !!!


Despite being down to 10 men, Ankaragucu should have put the match to bed in the 2nd half as they upped their work rate and continued to attack.     Tasos replaced the ineffective Renaldo and then Macheda came on to lead the line.


The 2nd goal wouldn’t come and that was all down to a brilliant display by my Man of the Match, former Ankaragucu goalkeeper, Gokhan Akkan, who performed heroics.


Firstly, Efkan’s free kick rebounded off the wall which was collected by Pedrinho who sent a bullet of a shot to inside the right post, but somehow Gokhan got a finger to it to push the ball around the post.


Efkan, Pedrinho and Tasos had further goal bound shots saved to add to the frustration.


Into time added on and Emirhan of Rize was shown a 2nd yellow card which was well deserved after his niggling fouls and petulance throughout the match   !!


Then, almost on the whistle for the end of the match, and the cruel undeserving blow for the Ankaragucu defence.     A cross came in which was attacked by a Rize striker when his header rebounded off the post.     Gaich who was following-up had an empty goal as he sent the ball in via his chest for the lucky equaliser   !!       A cruel blow to the Ankaragucu defence which had played so well throughout.


As I said earlier, details of the flare-up will be posted here by Nady soon.     A punishment will obviously be given to Ankaragucu but we await in trepidation as to its severity   !!!


So, if the TFF allows Ankaragucu to play their match next weekend, it will be an away match against Alanya on Sunday 17 December.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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