Saturday, June 01, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Last season’s Gencler Coach, Sinan Kaloglu, has left the Club.     I’m unsure if it was by mutual agreement or if he was ‘nudged’   !!!


The new Coach is Recep Karatepe who was the Assistant Coach to Ismail Kartal last season at Fenerbahce.  


Recep Bey is no stranger to Gencler having been involved with the club in a coaching capacity earlier in his coaching career.


We await to see how his coaching style may differ from Sinan Bey’s   !!!


We now await news of the new coach of Ankaragucu after Emre Belozoglu left the Club recently.


As always, watch this space for more details.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, May 27, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Ankaragucu has been flirting with relegation for the past few seasons and there can be no excuses for their failure this season with 16 drawn matches and 14 lost from a total of 38 played.    Only 8 wins paints a miserable picture   !!


Also, they have had numerous chances to put distance between themselves and the other teams in the relegation zone, especially in their recent matches against Hatay and Pendik.


Last night was another abomination in a season to forget   !     Leading 2-1 with 10 minutes to go and they failed miserably to shut-up shop to run the clock down.    Unforgivable with so much at stake   !


Therefore, Ankaragucu join Istanbulspor, Pendik and Fatih Karagumruk in The Championship League next season and it remains to be seen if Coach Emre and any of the players will still be a part of the team.


Of course, we have been in this position before but sadly no lessons have been learned, and the way things are going, I am not optimistic of a quick return to The Super League.   I and thousands of Ankaragucu fanatics will hope otherwise, but it is difficult to remain optimistic with the present management in place.   A major overhaul of the Club is necessary   !!


As for last night, the least said the better   !    I am sure that I speak for many of us who were confident that Ankaragucu ( The Relegation Escapologists) had achieved the unlikely when Ali Sowe made it 2-1 with only 10 minutes to go.     However, it was too good to be true when Trabzon struck, not once, but 3 times to kill off any lingering hopes.     Incidentally, even a 2-2 draw would have been enough to have ensured survival .........aaaaargh   !!


It will therefore be a long summer for all of us to contemplate the outcome at our Club before league action resumes.


The Round Ball in Ankara will try to keep you updated throughout the next 2 months before the season gets underway.


On behalf of Nady and me, thanks to all our readers for staying with us here during this catastrophic season.


As always, watch this space for further news updates.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, May 19, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies. 


Ankaragucu seem determined to spurn golden chance after chance in their efforts to retain their Super League status, and in the process, squandered the opportunity of taking 6 points from their closest rivals over the past 2 weeks.   It speaks volumes that they only managed a measly 1 point from these matches   !!


With only one match left to play, they now find themselves in the unenviable position of being relegation favourites, unless they can pull a rabbit out of the hat next weekend.


They must travel to 3rd top of the league Trabzon and look to take all 3 points (unlikely !!).   In the event of failure to do so, and Hatay beat Rize (likely !!), then relegation will be assured.


As for last night’s match, there is very little to say, except that Pendik may have surprised Ankaragucu with their willingness to go toe-to-toe with them and dispel the notion that they were the ‘under-dogs’.


Sad to say that Bassogog was the only Ankaragucu player who looked capable of breaking the deadlock, and he almost did   !


ANKARAGUCU           0                       Pendikspor              0


Team – Bahadir, Kitsiou, Radakovic, Mujakic, Kazimcan, Tolga, Bassogog, Efkan, Pedrinho, Rodrigues and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Alexis, Tasos, Ali Kaan, Macheda and Mert


Both goalkeepers were untroubled in the 1st half.     Ankaragucu’s only real chance arrived just before the half time whistle when a cut-back was made to Rodrigues in the 6 yard box and he screwed his shot well wide.


Ankaragucu old-boy, Umut Nayir, almost scored for Pendik 10 minutes into the 2nd half when he sent his well directed header inches over the bar.


With 15 minutes to go, Ankaragucu did score when a cross was sent from the left to the unmarked Bassogog on the right.   His first time shot went whizzing inside the right post ............BUT ........the goal was correctly chalked off for offside   !!


The match then fizzled out to an unsatisfactory conclusion.


So, the bottom line is that Ankaragucu only have themselves to blame for allowing themselves to be dragged into this position.


A bleak outlook to dwell upon for this week   !!!


As always, watch this space for the outcome of next weekend’s match.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, May 13, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankiues.


Ankaragucu took a giant step backwards last night when they succumbed to a team below them in the league, and in the process found themselves only 2 points above the relegation zone.


With only 2 matches left, Ankaragucu is leaving it late to salvage their season and optimism is in short supply right now   !!


Ankaragucu travel to 3rd top of the league Trabzon for their final match, but next Sunday is, realistically, their last chance to take all 3 points when they host Pendik who are in the relegation zone.   Nothing less than 3 points will suffice to take to Trabzon   !!!


Last night Ankaragucu fought back to equalise with 5 minutes of the match remaining, but then, instead of shutting-up-shop and seeing the match out, they conceded the winning goal in time-added-on.      Aaaaaaargh    !!!     That goal may come back to haunt them in 2 weeks time   !!


Hatay           2                     ANKARAGUCU               1


Team – Ertac, Kitsiou, Mujakic, Radakovic, Atakan, Pedrinho, Tasos, Efkan, Alexis, Bassogog and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Bajic, Rodrigues, Riccardo, Ali Kaan and Macheda


The 1st half was a non-event.      However, the match exploded into life in the 70th minute when Saglam put Hatay ahead.


With the match drifting towards the final whistle, Macheda equalised with 5 minutes to go.


Then the inevitable happened.     Into time-added-on and a cross came in from the right to the back post.     Who else but Atakan allowed Dadashov to ghost in and his header hit the back of the net   !!


So, to next weekend and Ankaragucu is staring into the abyss, unless they can contrive to put Pendik to the sword.


Istanbulspor is already relegated, and there is a scrap to determine who joins them.    With only 6 points separating the bottom 7 clubs, it goes without saying that Ankaragucu MUST win next Sunday.


Do they have the wherewithal and ‘bottle’ to deliver   ???!!!


As always, watch this space for the answer.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, May 12, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler paid the price of failure yesterday due to their early season poor form, especially the massive 12 drawn matches, and in so doing, failed to make the play-off positions.


The Championship League concluded yesterday with Eyupspor and Goztepe taking the automatic places.   The play-off places were taken by Sakarya, Bodrum, Corum, Kocaeli and Bolu.


All 7 matches yesterday kicked-off at the same time so the TV channel kept switching from one to the other.


Tuzlaspor              1                      GENCLERBIRLIGI                1


Team – Ertugrul, Yasin, Babacan, Nzaba, Oguzhan, Akabueze, Bugra, Ensar, Amilton M. Yatabare and Melih


Substitutes – M. Cagiran, Ozgur and Oltan


In a day of high drama, the first action of the day was in Adana where Bandirma, pre-match favourites for the play-offs, were reduced to 10 men after only 10 minutes.   Djitte was the culprit when he blatantly kicked a defender in the back of his leg as the goalkeeper was clearing the ball up-field.   The VAR referee alerted the referee to the incident and he stopped play to check the VAR screen.   Unsurprisingly, he returned to the field and produced the RED card to Djitte   !!     It is fair to say that Djitte’s stupidity contributed to Bandirma’s failure to make the play-offs.


Gencler took the lead on the half hour mark with a scrappy goal and a slice of luck when Awuku scored an own goal following Bugra’s shot on goal which had been saved.    The ball rebounded into his path and he could do little except watch the ball dribble over the line.


Tuzla was unlucky half way through the 2nd half when a fierce shot from just outside the box hit the post with Ertugrul beaten.


That was it, with the match heading into time-added-on and Gencler heading for the play-offs.    However, not quite   !!


With the final whistle approaching, Bas prodded the ball in after Ertugrul had spilled a right wing cross.     However, the referee signalled a foul on Ertugrul, but the VAR referee consulted with the referee before the free kick could be taken.    It took forever for a decision (easily 5 minutes) and then the referee changed his decision and awarded the goal to Tuzla.


A little too late for Tuzla to escape relegation after Bolu had scored a late goal to leapfrog Gencler for the play-off position.


So, another season in the Championship beckons for Gencler.   It was a close call, and it goes without saying that the team will need to re-group and strengthen in certain areas before the new season kicks off. 


In the meantime, thanks to all my regular readers this season   !


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, May 08, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


It was a long and enjoyable journey but Ankaragucu was eliminated from the Turkish Cup last night at the semi-final stage on a 1-0 aggregate.


Ankaragucu was unable to reach the final of The Turkish Cup last night despite some heroics by their goalkeeper, Ertac, and a defensive blunder by a defender half way through the 2nd half, as the match looked destined to be heading for extra time.


This match now falls into the category of ............history   !!       More important matters are at hand in the here-and-now in the shape of retaining their position in The Super League for next season.   There are 3 matches left to achieve this, starting this coming Sunday   !


Besiktas            1                     ANKARAGUCU             0


Team – Ertac, Kitsiou, Radakovic, Mert, Mujakic, Tolga, Alexis, Efkan, Bassogog, Tasos and Bajic


Substitutes – Ali Sowe, Atakan, Pedrinho, Rodrigues and Macheda


There is not much to say about the 1st half except the crucial save by Ertac and the follow-up goal-line clearance by Radakovic approaching the half time whistle.


At the other end, Bassogog and Tasos were creating space and chances, but Bajic and Efkan were unable to capitalise on them.    The closest Ankaragucu came was created by Bassogog on the right when he sent an inch perfect pass to Alexis, but his first time shot went narrowly past the post.


10 minutes into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu almost found the opening goal when, from a sweeping move, Bassogog’s final goal bound shot was well saved by the goalkeeper.


Both teams were committed to attack but with 20 minutes to go, and with my thoughts on extra time looming, the match was turned on its head.   Ertac sent an innocuous pass to Radokovic to instigate a move out of defence, but the normally reliable and consistent Radokovic slipped as he was about to receive the ball.     Muci pounced on the ball and sent his shot in via the underside of the bar to give the exposed Ertac no chance.


The goal seemed to inspire Besiktas as they searched for the 2nd goal. And it almost came 10 minutes later when Cenk’s goal bound shot was acrobatically saved by Ertac.


5 minutes later, Atakan was lucky to only receive a yellow card and not RED for sticking his head into Chamberlain’s face in a ‘handbag throwing moment’ between the two of them.


6 minutes into time added on and Man of the Match, Ertac, made another acrobatic save from a shot heading for the top right.


Ankaragucu must put this disappointment behind them now and focus on Sunday’s crucial ‘6 pointer’, in Hatay.


It is to be hoped that Trabzon see off Fatih Karagumruk tonight in the other semi final and keep the Cup out of Istanbul   !!!


As always, keep watching this space for the outcome of Sunday’s  MUST WIN match  !


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, May 06, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler made hard work of scraping past already relegated Giresun yesterday, but in the process, they gave themselves one last chance to grab the one remaining play-off place.


However, even if Gencler win their last match next weekend they must rely on Bandirma to lose or draw their match against Adanaspor.   With Bandirma having a superior goal difference they must be regarded as favourites.   However, as we all know, football is unpredictable and the standard of football in this league is high.


There is also another team on the same points as Bandirma and Gencler and that is Bolu (with an inferior goal difference to Bandirma and Gencler), but as I said, Bandirma is surely favourites to grab the remaining play-off place.


Gencler only have themselves to blame for leaving it late after all the drawn matches they have had in the course of the season, ie, an incredible 11.


So, next weekend Gencler will travel to much improved Tuzla who have moved out of the relegation zone on the back of some excellent recent form.   They are only one point above the relegation zone so it goes without saying that they will be fired-up to take points from Gencler   !!


GENCLERBIRLIGI            1                     Giresun             0


Team – Ertugrul, Oguzhan, Nzaba, Babacan, Yasin, Ozgur, Amilton, Bugra, Ensar, M.  Yatabare and Melih


Substitutes – Elias Durmaz, Jimmy Durmaz, Baran and Akabueze


Due to the play-offs and relegation issues not being finalised, all 8 matches yesterday kicked-off at the same time, so the TV Channel was jumping from match-to-match.    Therefore, it was impossible to give a balanced report of the Gencler match.


However, the 1st half statistics probably show that I didn’t miss much   !!        Gencler had 9 shots on goal, but only 1 on target.      Giresun had 6 shots with zero on target.


The 2nd half didn’t seem much better until Gencler finally made the breakthrough with 20 minutes to go.


From a corner on the right, the ball was sent to the far post where it was met by Yatabare who sent his powerful header just inside the far post.


So, all focus turns to next Sunday now and the ‘all or nothing’ match against Tuzla.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim