Saturday, March 02, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


After their Dr Jekyll performance last week against Fenerbahce, Ankaragucu returned to play the part of Mr Hyde today against the bottom club in the league.


Poor finishing by Ankaragucu, horror defending to concede a goal, some resolute defending by Istanbulspor in the 1st half, not to mention the RED card for Ertac, and Ankaragucu faced a mountain to claw themselves back into the match in the 2nd half.


Ankaragucu hardly put a glove on Istanbulspor in the 1st half and could easily have considered themselves fortunate to go in only 1-0 down.


That Ankaragucu was able to equalise in the 2nd half is to be congratulated, but it would have been a travesty if Istanbulspor had lost all 3 points after their ability to contain Ankaragucu, and also their own poor finishing in the 2nd half should be borne in mind.


ANKARAGUCU             1                     Istanbulspor           1


Team – Ertac, Kitsiou, Mert, Mujakic, Kazimcan, Tolga, Ali Kaan, Bassogog, Pedrinho, Tasos and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Bahadir, Atakan, Alexis, Rodrigues and Macheda


The match was only 15 minutes old when poor defending almost cost Ankaragucu to concede the opener.    However, Ertac was well positioned to save a close range header,


5 minutes before half time and Ertac was called into action again when he was forced to run out of the penalty area to intercept the ball before an attacker.   Unfortunately he took him out bodily and the both crashed to the ground.     The referee immediately produced the RED card for Ertac, and both teams medical staff were called on to attend to them.     The result being that both players were stretchered off.       Pedrinho was sacrificed as Bahadir replaced Ertac.


Approaching the half time whistle at 45 plus 7 and another shambles in the Ankaragucu defence when they needlessly gave the ball away.    Florin latched onto the ball just outside the box and sent a screamer high inside the left post.


Sighs of relief all round when Ankaragucu grabbed the equaliser 7 minutes into the 2nd half.    An astute pass by Tolga in his own half of the field  to Bassogog on the left.     He took off, and just inside the box sent his shot inside the right post.


Would the gallant 10 men have an historic fight back to secure all 3 points   ?         Hmmmmm, NO, but .......almost   !!


Bassogog almost found the 2nd goal 5 minutes later when a defender sent his attempted clearance straight to him.     Unfortunately, he couldn’t control the ball and the goalkeeper was able to smother the ball.


10 minutes from the end and Atakan had a goal bound header well saved.


This result leaves Ankaragucu looking over their shoulder as the 7 clubs below them take closer order with the ultimate aim of sucking Ankaragucu into the danger zone.


Therefore, next Sunday’s match in Samsun falls into the crucial category if Ankaragucu is to avoid the relegation dog-fight towards the end of the season   !


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, February 28, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


A truly outstanding performance by Ankaragucu last night as they tore up the form book and sent The Turkish Cup holders tumbling out of The Turkish Cup Competition.   Ankaragucu now go into the hat for the semi-final draw which will probably be made later this week.


Should we be dreaming of a long overdue Cup Final at this stage   ?      Perhaps not, with Ankaragucu still in a precarious league position.     However, if Ankaragucu play like the did last night for the remainder of the season then they can be optimistic of retaining Super League status   !!


Ankaragucu came out of the traps like a greyhound from the off and never stopped taking the match to Fener throughout.    It was an amazing transformation from recent league performances and one which Coach Emre and the payers can be proud of.   Every player played their part and they are to be congratulated on their finest performance of the season.


ANKARAGUCU            3                        Fenerbahce               0


Team – Ertac, Kitsiou, Radakovic, Mert, Mujakic, Tolga, Ali Kaan, Morutan, Riccardo, Tasos and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Atakan, Pedrinho, Macheda, Bassogog and Rodrigues


Fener had only one serious attempt on goal in the 8th minute of the 1st half and it took a great save by Ertac to save a shot heading for the top left.


Ankaragucu broke fast out of defence a minute later and were rewarded with the opening goal when Morutan sent a looping shot into the top left which took a slight deflection off a Fener player.


Play was end to end as Fener searched for the equaliser, but it was Ankaragucu who went further ahead on the half hour mark with a super individual goal by ‘on fire’ Tasos.    He collected the ball in his own half and drove forward in a diagonal direction from left to right, avoiding attempted tackles, and just outside the box sent his shot inside the left post.


An unbelievable result going in at half time 2-0 up, but I was ever mindful of what happened in Kayseri last weekend   !!


Fener searched for a way back as the 2nd half unfolded, but in all honesty Ertac wasn’t seriously tested as Ankaragucu continued to attack seeking to put the match to bed   !


15 minutes into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu almost found the 3rd goal.    A weak back pass in the Fener defence was pounced on by Morutan.    He rounded the goalkeeper, but defenders had recovered to clear his shot and the rebound was also saved from an Ali Sowe attempt.


However, the 3rd goal did come 10 minutes later when Mert headed powerfully in from a free kick, but after a VAR check it was ruled out for offside.


With only 4 minutes to go Ankaragucu found the 3rd goal again with some nice work from Macheda on the left, almost on the goal line, he sent a perfect cut-back into the centre for Rodrigues to stroke the ball in.       The flag was up again for offside, but this time the VAR check confirmed the goal   !


So, as I said earlier, a great team performance which augurs well for the future and that should begin on Saturday against Istanbulspor in what is most definitely a MUST WIN match   !!!


Well done Ankaragucu    !!!


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, February 26, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler finally score a goal   !


They had to wait until the last minute of the match yesterday to score their first goal in 5 matches, and at the same time .........steal a point   !


I was unable to watch the match due to ‘domestic duties’ but what seemed to be a fairly even match suddenly exploded in Gencler’s favour when 2 Manisa players were shown RED cards in the latter stages of the match.


Manisa, as the draw specialists of the league with 10 (Gencler have 9) will no doubt have been gutted to concede an equaliser at the death, but Gencler can at least stay with the mid-table pack who are all vying for play-off places.


Eyupspor, at the top of the league, and Goztepe in 2nd seem to be ‘home and dry’ with Gencler 16 points behind Goztepe.


Manisa                1                     GENCLERBIRLIGI                 1


Team – Ertugrul, Ozgur, M. Cagiran, Babacan, Nzaba, Jimmy Durmaz, Oguzhan, Ensar, R. B. Cagiran, Amilton and M. Yatabare


Substitutes – James Siliki, Kayode, Yasin, Bostan and Gaetan


Gurbulak scored a penalty for Manisa in the 53rd minute, and as I said before, Ensar of Gencler grabbed the equaliser in 90 plus 7.


Next Monday may well be a defining moment in the season for Gencler when they host relegation threatened Sanliurfa.     However, Urfa is still within range of mid-table so they won’t be coming to Ankara just to make up the numbers   !!


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, February 25, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


A disappointing ending yesterday to a match in which Ankaragucu lost in the 2nd half.


I was foolish enough to dream of 3 valuable points going in at half time 2-0 ahead and then expecting Ankaragucu to thrust the sword in at the beginning of the 2nd half to silence the home support.


However, all credit to Kayseri for their blistering 2nd half performance to leave Ankaragucu with zero points and in real danger now of being involved in the relegation dog-fight towards the end of the season


Is that alarm bells I can hear   ???!!!


Kayserispor            3                         ANKARAGUCU            2


Team – Bahadir, Mujakic, Mert, Radakovic, Atakan, Pedrinho, Tolga, Tasos, Efkan, Bassogog and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Morutan, Renaldo, Ali Kaan, Kazimcan and Bajic


I have to confess to almost nodding-off as half time approached with neither goalkeeper tested during a boring 1st half.     Then ............. on the stroke of half time, Bassogog made a fast break on the right, cut into the box and shot inside the left post.      But, the lineman’s flag was up for offside   !!!


A VAR check was made and the goal given   !!


4 minutes later into time added on and it was 2.      Excellent play by Tasos on the left to cut into the box leaving a defender in his wake.     The perfect cut-back was made for the unmarked Efkan in the centre who made no mistake.


An unbelievable ending to the 1st half.


Unfortunately, Ankaragucu rarely threatened in the 2nd half (2 attempts) as Kayseri came out with greater purpose and it only took them 7 minutes to pull a goal back.


Gokhan brushed aside 3 attempted tackles as he drove into the box and slipped the ball forward to Nazon who made no mistake.


10 minutes later and the equaliser arrived as Ankaragucu became pinned back in their own half.


A cross came in from the right and a fierce shot was made which Bahadir could only parry.   Unfortunately, the ball fell conveniently for the unmarked Julian who shot into the high centre of the goal.     A VAR check was made and the goal given.


It looked as though Ankaragucu had ‘rescued’ a point as the match headed into time added on, but then Kayseri pulled the trigger   !


A cross came in from the right into a crowded 6 yard box and Carlos was first to it to bullet a header inside the left post.     A real sickening blow for Ankaragucu, but their fragile defence was exposed yet again   !!!


Ankaragucu can dispel some of the anxiety next Saturday 2 March when they will be at home to bottom club Istanbulspor who have been cut adrift 17 points behind Ankaragucu.


It will be unthinkable if Ankaragucu don’t collect all 3 points, but Istanbulspor have nothing to lose and will no doubt make life as difficult as possible for Ankaragucu   !


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, February 19, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Today’s match was played at The Aktepe Stadium in Kecioren due to the poor condition of the Eryaman Stadium.


Due to ‘domestic duties’ I was unable to watch the whole match, but managed to see the last 20 minutes.


Gencler is still stuck in mid-table below the play-off positions and will need to start picking up points soon otherwise they will lose their impetus to challenge for promotion as we enter a crucial stage of the season.   They have now gone 4 matches without scoring a goal   !!!


GENCLERBIRLIGI             0                  Bandirmaspor              1


Team – Ertugrul, Nzaba, Babacan, M. Cagiran, Oguzhan, Jimmy Durmaz, Amilton, R. B. Cagiran, Akabueze, Bostan and M. Yatabare


Substitutes – James Siliki, Kayode, Ozgur, Gaetan and Ortan


The only goal of the match was scored just before the half time whistle and was caused by Jimmy Durmaz dithering near the centre circle and losing possession.    Mimaroglu drove forward and unleashed at shot on the 18 yard line which took a cruel deflection off a defender and in it went   !


Gencler had 2 chances to score just before the full time whistle.     The first was a goal bound header well saved, and then Gaetan used his knee to send the ball past the post when a header might have achieved more success.


Gencler will be in action again on Sunday 25 February when they travel to mid-table Manisa, the current draw specialists in the league.     A close encounter is therefore on the cards.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


There was no doubting Ankaragucu’s efforts last night, but the gulf in class was obvious and Galatasaray’s fitness levels superior which meant that they won most of the 50-50 balls and dictated the pace of the match.


The match was effectively over at half time after the 1st half onslaught by Galatasaray   !


The pace of the match in the 2nd half gradually dropped as Galatasaray slowed the match down and were able to keep the lion’s share of possession in the latter stages to wind the clock down.   Unfortunately, Ankaragucu couldn’t take advantage with only one shot on target in the 2nd half which didn’t trouble Muslera !


Playing out from the back is normally a sensible tactic to build attacks, but Ankaragucu was continually caught out by the speed of the Galatasaray players closing them down and the ball having to be returned to Bahadir   !!!       The subsequent long ball clearances were swallowed up by the Galatasaray defenders for the most part.     Frustration all round for Ankaragucu’s attacking aspirations   !!


ANKARAGUCU              0                       Galatasaray                 3


Team – Bahadir, Kitsiou, Radakovic, Mujakic, Kazimcan, Ali Kaan, Pedrinho, Efkan, Renaldo, Ali Sowe and Riccardo


Substitutes – Tolga, Mert, Tasos, Morutan and Bassogog


There was only one moment in the 1st half when the home support were on their feet celebrating and that was in the 10th minute when Ali Sowe scored what everyone thought was a great goal.     However, sadly it was correctly ruled out for offside   !


Thereafter it was all one way traffic towards Bahadir   !


2 minutes later, and from a corner on the left, the ball was sent to the back post for Demirbay to head in off the underside of the bar.


One minute later and it was 2.      Some fast inter-passing from outside the box and surging into the box, and from a cut-back on the right, Sanchez scored inside the left post.


On the half hour mark and it was Bahadir to the rescue with a great save as the ball was heading inside the right post.       From the resulting corner he made a point blank save from a header inside the 6 yard box.


Approaching half time and from an Ankaragucu mistake in the Galatasaray half of the field, the fast break was on as the Ankaragucu defence was caught out.     The shot was on, but before connecting, Kazimcan brought down the attacker and the referee pointed to the spot.     Icardi made it look easy with a ferocious shot down the centre.


It was mostly one way traffic again in the 2nd half although it was apparent that Galatasaray had gradually slowed the pace of the match down as the 2nd half unfolded.


Bahadir was the busiest player and he was mostly responsible for halting the addition of further goals.


In the 65th minute he made a great save from a shot on the right heading inside the left post.


One minute later Icardi scored but it was disallowed due to Kitsiou being fouled in the build-up.


10 minutes later, and from a long range Galatasaray shot, the ball hit the bar.   The rebound was then saved by Bahadir.


Almost on the final whistle and Zaha almost made it 4 when he beat 3 Ankaragucu defenders in the box, but his final goal bound shot was deflected by Mert for a corner.


Ankaragucu is now involved in a dog fight to avoid relegation.     With Istanbulspor looking already doomed, there are only 7 points separating the whole of the bottom half of the league, so it goes without saying, that every point from now until the end of the season is crucial.


Starting next Saturday in Kayseri when Ankaragucu have a ‘6 Pointer’ against a team on the same points score as Ankaragucu.      Dare I say ...........a MUST win match   ??!!


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, February 13, 2024



Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler missed a golden opportunity last night to make a statement of intent in their bid for promotion.   Sitting in 9th position in the league they are still not out of the play-off picture, but they will need to make a move soon to pick-up points otherwise they will be dragged down into mid-table oblivion.


True enough, they were up against the league leaders, but Eyup were off the pace in the 2nd half and Gencler failed to take advantage of it.


There are more mountains looming for Gencler, and as I have said here many times over the years, there are no ‘easy’ matches in The Championship League.


Eyupspor              1                         GENCLERBIRLIGI               0


Team – Ertugrul, Yasin, Nzaba, Babacan, Oguzhan, Kemaloglu, Jimmy Durmaz, Wu, M. Yatabare, Kayode and Amilton


Substitutes – Bostan, R. B. Cagiran, Oltan and Elias Durmaz


Gencler made a bright start making the Eyup goalkeeper make 2 good saves in the first 10 minutes before fading as the 1st half wore on.


Eyup gradually upped the pace and were rewarded in the 20th minute with a well constructed goal.     From a throw-in on the right, the ball was then chipped over a defender for the Eyup attacker to collect.    Almost at the goal line, he looked up and sent in a perfect cut-back for Bruno to fire in.


From that point, Eyup always looked the likelier team to add another goal, but their final efforts on goal were not on target.


The pace of the match slowed considerably in the 2nd half by both teams, and going into the last 10 minutes Eyup seemed happy to keep possession to run the match down.


Gencler took advantage of this tactic and threatened to equalise twice, but the Eyup goalkeeper was in fine form to deny the equaliser.


Taking everything into account, it’s clear to see why Eyup are top of the league and 7 points clear of 2nd top Goztepe   !!


Next up for Gencler is a home match against Bandirma next Monday, who are also in the play-off area, so yet another chance for Gencler to move into a stronger league position.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim