Sunday, December 04, 2022




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler is still with only one win in 15 matches, and it is looking ominous for their Championship League survival unless they pull a rabbit out of the hat ............. and soon.    With only 7 points on the board they are gradually losing touch with the other strugglers in the bottom half of the league.


They never looked like troubling a slick Bodrumspor yesterday and in the end were lucky not to concede more goals thanks mainly to Bodrumspor’s abominable shooting, especially in the 2nd half.


Bodrumspor             2                          GENCLERBIRLIGI             0


Team – Adiyaman, Seyit, Gokhan, Abdullah, Metehan, Serdarcan, Hrechyshkin, Byelyayev, Altiparmak, Ilker and Ahmet


Substitutes – Kagan, Baran, Mert and Aksel


Bodrum was straight into the attack from the whistle and it only took 2 minutes for them to prise open the Gencler defence.    A corner on the right was sent over into the box and a Bodrum attacker back-headed the ball to the back post where the unmarked Samet was able to bullet in a header to the top left of the goal.


It was almost 2 a few minutes later when Adiyaman was alleged to have brought down a Bodrum attacker in the box and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.      However, his attention was directed to the VAR and then he over-ruled his initial decision.     Probably correctly in my opinion   !


However, it didn’t take long for the 2nd goal to arrive.       An innocuous looking pass from inside their own half was sent over the Gencler heads for Omar to beat the offside trap and chase the ball towards the penalty box.     Adiyaman rushed out to intercept, but Omar was first to the ball and he lobbed it over Adiyaman and chased the ball into the net for a well taken and opportunist goal.


The 1st half was dominated by Bodrum who were stroking the ball around and making Gencler chase the match.      They had 13 shots on goal (4 on target) and Gencler had a miserable zero shots on goal.


Gencler came out for the 2nd half in a more determined manner searching for the break through, but managed only 2 shots on target, but none of which were a threat to the Bodrum goalkeeper.


The 2nd half was mostly a non-event with Bodrum slowing the match down in the last 20 minutes.     Bodrum had lots of shots on goal but their shooting was wayward and mostly the ball went sailing over the bar.


However, they almost made it 3 near the end when Adiyaman made a hash of a clearance but Abdullah cleared the goal attempt off the line.     Then in time added on, Bodrum missed a sitter when an attacker blasted over when it was easier to score.


So to the next match, and Gencler will be at home next Sunday 11 December to fellow strugglers Erzurum, who lost to Sakarya last night, and this is another of those ‘must win’ matches which takes on the added significance of a ‘really must win’ match   !!


Gencler need to close the gap after being cast adrift in 2nd bottom position for quite a few weeks, and they have the ideal platform to do it.     However, Erzurum, 7 points above Gencler, will be coming to Ankara to move themselves further into mid-table and so it promises to be a real battle.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, November 27, 2022




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


I have to say that it is sad that in a city of over 5 Million people there was only a few small pockets of Gencler fans there last night, especially when you contrast that with the large Rize travelling support.       Things are looking bleak for those long suffering Gencler souls   !!!


It was a fairly even 1st half, but Rize looked the more dangerous of the two going forward and I was expecting them to up the pressure in the 2nd half, and that’s exactly what happened as they gradually took control of the match.


It was interesting to note that there were two Ankaragucu ‘old boys’ in the Rize line-up, ie, Alper Potuk and Kubilay Kanatsizkus, both of whom made positive contributions during the match   !!


Gencler will be looking for miracles before the mini Winter Break, and as I have said many times here, there are no ‘easy’ matches in The Championship League   !!


GENCLERBIRLIGI            1                        Rizespor             3


Team – Adiyaman, Metehan, Gokhan, Muhammed, Abdullah, Hrechyshkin, Aksel, Byelyayev, Baris, Ahmet and Ilker


Substitutes – Mert, Altiparmak, Baran and Seyit


Surprisingly, Gencler took the lead in the 6th minute through a well taken goal arising from a corner on the right.     The ball was swung over and Abdullah was first to it in front of the goalkeeper to head in unopposed.     The Rize defenders will not relish seeing a replay of that goal   !!!


20 minutes gone and a similar goal at the other end for Rize to snatch the equaliser.    A corner on the left was swung over and Emirhan, surrounded by 4 defenders, headed in with another defender on the goal line unable to reach it and Adiyaman caught out of position.


Approaching half time and Rize claimed handball against a Gencler defender in the box.    The referee consulted VAR and quite rightly ruled it out.    It looked to me like the defender had his back to the ball and it cannoned off his shoulder, so no doubt the correct decision was made  !


It was mostly all Rize in the 2nd half and it was Adiyaman to the rescue 10 minutes in when he made a spectacular save from a goal bound free kick.


However, it was no surprise when Rize took the lead half way through the 2nd half with a piece of predatory skill by Kubilay.   A cross came in from the left and Kubilay was in the right place at the right time to side-foot the ball in.


Into time added on and Rize put the sword in to consolidate their win.    There didn’t look any danger when a Rize player started an attack on left side of the halfway line.   He sent a pass to his right when he found his colleague (No 17 – couldn’t catch his name   !!) who surged forward into the box on the right avoiding 3 attempted tackles, cut the ball back into the centre for Farouk to score the easiest goal he will ever score   !!


Almost on the full time whistle and Kubilay missed a sitter inside the 6 yard box when he skied his shot off Adiyaman when a cool side-footed shot to either side was all that was needed   !


Gencler only had 2 shots on target in the entire match which is a poor return for a team looking to escape from the relegation zone   !!


It won’t get any easier for Gencler with an away trip next Saturday to play the surprise package of the season, Bodrumspor, who have only lost 4 matches this season and sit in 7th top position in the league.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, November 22, 2022




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler hasn’t had as many Coaches as Watford in the past 2 seasons, but it may come to that soon   !!


The glaring deficiency in their miserable run of 1 win in 13 matches is a lack of goals to match their build-up play.


Ilker, Serdarcan, Altiparmak and Ahmet have all played in the striker’s role, but none have made that position their own.  


Gencler, still stuck in 2nd bottom position in the league, is now 7 points below the safety net and they only have 5 matches left to rectify the situation before we reach the halfway stage of the league and a mini winter break.


Last night in Izmir was another example of having 52%  possession, 9 shots on goal (2 on target), but nothing to show for it at the end of the match.     I don’t want to criticise their efforts but, after all, the end result is what really matters   ??!!


Altay                1                          GENCLERBIRLIGI         0


Team – Adiyaman, Muhammed, Mert, Gokhan, Metehan, Aksel, Hrechyshkin, Byelyayev, Ahmet Baris and Ilker


Substitutes – Altiparmak and Kagan


Gencler’s only serious effort on goal came in the 12th minute when a cross came in from the left and Ahmet’s header hit the post and was cleared.


The crucial goal came in the 20th minute and it was a rush of blood to the head by Gokhan who caused it.    An Altay attack and the cross came into a crowded box only for Gokhan to nudge the ball away to safety with his forearm.     A clear penalty, but the referee consulted VAR to be sure.      Marco stepped up and sent a fierce shot to the centre with Adiyaman diving to his left.


Nothing much to say about the 2nd half except ............... watching Gencler trying to score is fast becoming a real chore   !!!


I also have to admit that I lost interest in the 2nd half watching Altay protecting their lead and Gencler’s huffing and puffing   !!


It’s eyes forward now to Saturday and the visit of 5th top Rize who have only lost once this season.     Yet another difficult nut for Gencler to crack and, based on last night’s performance, the most they can hope for is winning one point   !!!


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, November 14, 2022




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


The season has not yet reached the halfway stage, but Gencler seem to be cast adrift at the bottom of the league with only one win in 12 matches to show for their endeavours so far.


Gencler has staged late recoveries in the past and that’s what they must do this season ........ and soon   !     The consequences of relegation to the 2nd league is not worthy of consideration, eg, no TV money, no foreign players allowed and a vicious scrap to bounce back to The Championship League at the first time of asking   !!


It looked likely at one point in the 2nd half last night that Gencler might hold out and salvage a point, but a silly hand-ball by Muhammed and the subsequent penalty put paid to that   !!


GENCLERBIRLIGI             0                           Eyupspor               2


Team – Adiyaman, Metehan, Gokhan, Mert, Muhammed, Hrechyshkin, Baris, Byelyayev, Serdarcan, Abdullah and Altiparmak


Substitutes – Ahmet and Aksel


The 1st half was a ..............yawn ..............yawn .............. bore.      One shot by both teams with both off target was the only action of note.    Also, I have to say that Eyup didn’t look like a team sitting on top of the league.     Thankfully there was a little more action in the 2nd half, with most of it coming from Eyup.


Serdarcan and Babel should both have done better with their shots when in ideal positions.    Serdarcan sent his shot over the bar and Babel sent his shot past the post.


A mistake by an Eyup defender almost gifted Gencler the opening goal 10 minutes into the 2nd half.     The ball was played to Altiparmak but he blasted the ball high and wide when in a good scoring position.


It was Gencler’s turn to screw up in defence 5 minutes later.   Dibba latched onto the ball and his shot went from left to right past the post.


5 minutes later and that unnecessary hand-ball by Abdullah which gifted Eyup a penalty.    A harmless looking cross came in from the right and Abdullah sent it out of play with his hand.    A VAR check was made, but it clearly was a hand-ball and the penalty was quite rightly given.


Babel stepped up and sent his fierce shot to the top left with Adiyaman diving the wrong way.


Eyup ‘smelled blood’ and went on full-on attack.   5 minutes later it was Adiyaman to the rescue when he saved a goal bound free kick.


It was no surprise when the 2nd goal came 5 minutes before the final whistle.    A fast break and the ball was sent to Dibba who had found space on the left.     He surged forward and just inside the box curled an exquisite shot around Adiyaman inside the right post.


There will be no World Cup Break for Gencler to ‘catch their breath’   !         They must travel to Izmir on Monday 21st November to play mid-table Altay.     Another mountain for Gencler to climb and they need to start picking up points now before the half way stage in the league   !


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, November 12, 2022




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Ankaragucu, although only claiming one point, gave the reigning champions as good as they got last night.


Ankaragucu didn’t set-up to defend, as some teams would against Trabzon, but made it quite clear from the kick-off that they wanted all 3 points   !


Ankaragucu played some slick one-touch passing moves at times, but they came unstuck in the final 3rd for the most part, and unfortunately didn’t really test Ugurcan, the Trabzon goalkeeper.    This will be one of the things that Omer Bey must work on in the next month.


However, having said that, they fought for every ball during the entire match which was well appreciated by the full house at the Eryaman Stadium.


ANKARAGUCU           1                    Trabzonspor             1


Team – Bahadir, Malcuit, Uros, Nihad, Yasin, Taylan, Tolga, Pedrinho, Emre, Beridze and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Jese, Zahid, Tasos, Diack and Oguz


10 minutes in and Trabzon was the first to threaten when Abdulkadir received a pass on the right and from an acute angle his shot was saved by Bahadir at the near post


Taylan should have done better 5 minutes later when he was put through in the centre of the box, but instead of passing to an unmarked colleague on the right, he was dispossessed and the chance was lost.


5 minutes later and it was Bahadir to the rescue again when he punched a goal bound shot clear and from the rebound a Trabzon attacker blasted the ball well over the bar.


The 1st half fizzled out with Ankaragucu failing to put a shot on target, and for that the Trabzon defence must take some of the credit   !


Trabzon started the 2nd half looking dangerous going forward and almost opened the scoring 10 minutes in, but Yasin made a great tackle and clearance as the Trabzon attacker was about to pull the trigger.


However, the goal did arrive half way through the 2nd half when a fast Trabzon attack caught Ankaragucu on the back foot.   The cross came in from the right and Bardhi was first to the ball ahead of two Ankaragucu defenders and poked the ball in.


Did the heads go down   ?      No    !!!       Ankaragucu re-doubled their efforts and were rewarded 5 minutes later with a penalty when a Trabzon defender used an arm in defending a corner.      Captain Tolga took responsibility and sent his fierce shot into the centre of the goal with Ugurcan having no chance of saving it.


It was mostly all Ankaragucu in the last 15 minutes when they attacked relentlessly but for the most part their attacks kept breaking down in the final 3rd, and the Trabzon defending denied Ankaragucu the winner they searched for.


Notwithstanding, Omer Bey in his post-match interview was pleased with the team’s performance, as rightly he should be.    He also said that when he arrived to take over the team it wasn’t in a good shape, but he has steadily built the team with his own player selection and is hopeful of consolidating their position in The Super League.    He was critical of the state of the pitch last night.     However, I suppose it isn’t surprising given the number of League and Cup matches played on it recently by both Ankara teams.    Finally, he said that he would use the World Cup break to bring Ankaragucu back stronger than at present.


We now have to suffer a 5 week break for the World Cup .........yawn ........ yawn    !!!      League business will resume on 24/25 December when Ankaragucu will travel to play mid-table Antalyaspor.


However, prior to that on the week commencing 20 December, Ankaragucu will be at home to Tuzlaspor in the 5th Round of The Turkish Cup.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, November 09, 2022




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


With TEN 4th Round Turkish Cup matches taking place around the same time today, it was perhaps unsurprising that the Gencler match didn’t feature on TV   !!


Therefore the details I have are sketchy to say the least   !!


GENCLERBIRLIGI           1                   Bayburt        0


Team – Atalay, Ibrahim, Abdullah, Musa, Arda, Seyit, Ulusoy, Byelyayev, Ataberk, Ahmet and Baran


Substitutes – Dogukan, Kagan, Zafer and Ismail


Gencler could only manage one goal against lower league Bayburt, but it was enough to be in the hat for the next round.


The goal was scored by Baran in the 4th minute.


The 5th Round of the Turkish Cup will be played during the week of the 20th of December.


However, it’s back to league business this Sunday when 2nd bottom of the league Gencler will be at home to league leader Eyupspor who have only lost once in 12 outings this season.    Therefore this will be another test of Gencler’s fighting qualities.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Ankaragucu moved safely into the 5th Round of The Turkish Cup yesterday and that will commence during the week of the 20th of December.


6 excellent goals by Ankaragucu and the only criticism being their lapse in concentration near the end to allow Amed two consolation goals.    I’m sure that Omer Bey will be advising against ‘running the clock down’ in future matches, especially against more superior teams than Amed.


ANKARAGUCU            6                 Amed                    2


Team – Bahadir, Atakan, Oguz, Sinan, Firatcan, Diack, Zadid, Jese, Tasos, Pedro and Ariyibi


Substitutes – Nurullah, Frederico, Alperen and Sahverdi


Ankaragucu started the match yesterday as though their lives depended on winning it, and they almost went into the lead from the kick off when Zahid blasted over when it was easier to score  !


However, the goal came 5 minutes later when a cross came in from the right to the impressive Jese who avoided the attempted tackles and shot inside the left post.


2 minutes later and it was 2 when Sinan scored one of his trademark goals with a header into the top right from a corner on the left.


Approaching the half hour mark and a fast flowing move by Ankaragucu saw the ball played long from left to right.    The ball was sent into the centre to Zahid who evaded 2 attempted tackles and shot inside the right post.


It was almost 4 a few minutes later when Tasos sent his shot from the left edge of the box just past the right post.


Into time added on in the 1st half and still time for the 4th goal.     Another fast and sweeping move from left to right and then came the classic cut-back for Jese to tap in.


Ankaragucu changed goalkeepers at half time, Nurullah replacing Bahadir.


Straight from the resumption, Ankaragucu made it 5 when Tasos played a one-two with a team mate and shot inside the right post.


15 minutes to go and the Amed goalkeeper sent a clearance to an Ankaragucu player with his mis-kick.    He surged forward and cut the ball back to the unmarked Zahid who stroked it in for No 6.


Ankaragucu then took their ‘foot off the gas’ and started to stroke the ball around to ‘run the clock down’, which although perhaps understandable, is not very professional.


Ankaragucu paid the penalty when Sinan headed in for an own goal from a corner on the left.    He won’t want to see a replay of it   !!!


Almost on the full time whistle and Amed scored an excellent 2nd goal when a cross came in from the right and Gumus was first to react and head the ball in at the near post.     In all honesty it was no more than they deserved for not dropping their heads after the goal avalanche   !!


Time to put the focus back on league business before the World Cup Break when Trabzon come calling on Friday night.


The Trabzon defence won’t be as generous as Amed’s, but if Ankaragucu can play with the pace and cutting edge that they did yesterday, then there are grounds for remaining confident of taking all 3 points.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim