Tuesday, September 17, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Surprise, Surprise !!    Gencler did the impossible last Sunday night and snatched an unlikely point to quell the Black Sea Storm in what looked like a ‘home banker’ pre-match.

Trabzonspor       2              GENCLERBIRLIGI         2

Team – Ertac, Ahmet, Toure, Flavio, Polomat, Berat, Baiano, Sessegnon, Candeias, Stancu and Sio.

Substitutes – Seuntjens, Diallo and Ayite

It must have felt like déjà vu to Gencler and their long suffering supporters when Novak put Trabzon ahead after 17 minutes play.

However, even allowing for their poor start to the season, we know that Gencler is not a team of quitters, and Stancu silenced the home support with the equaliser on the half time whistle.

The 2nd half was only 12 minutes old when Trabzon was awarded a penalty which Sorloth converted and that was it, or so everyone thought.

Then, with only 5 minutes of the match left the equaliser came from Sessegnon and Gencler was back in business with a point in the league table ........... at last !

Next up for Gencler is a home match against high flying Alanya on Sunday, but as we all know, there are no ‘easy’ matches in the Super League, as Fener.....spit.....bahce discovered last night when Alanya preserved their 100% start to the league.   They sit 4 points clear at the top of the league and so Gencler need to up-the-ante to take anything from this one.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, September 16, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

If I am to be honest, I would have settled for another backs against the wall 0-0 yesterday.   However, it was not to be, and as Nadeem and I have said a few times recently, it was inevitable that our defence would be breached eventually against a strong team.   So, Malatya did the biz and fully deserved all 3 points.

ANKARAGUCU      0         Yeni Malatyaspor       4

Team – Korcan, Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Moke, Sedat, Canteros, Aydin, Ilhan and Orgill

Substitutes – Mehmet, Faty and Cebrail

I was on my own watching the match in The Alerta Bar and unfortunately Battle Damaged Kanka Damon couldn’t make it due to the loss of his wife’s aunt who passed away recently.   We all send our condolences to him and his wife.

There was little action to speak of for the first 25 minutes apart from a good chance which Malatya scorned.   The classic cut-back from the left and the ball skied over.

All that changed in the 26th minute when from a Malatya attack on the left, the ball was crossed into the danger area and Pazdan, Pinto and Korcan all went for the same ball in a panic and collided with each other.   The Malatya player with them was fortunate to feed off the mess and he nodded down to the unmarked Jahovic who had plenty time to pick his spot and send the ball into the unguarded goal.

A few minutes later and Kulusic was given the first of a few yellow cards for Ankaragucu, but the free kick from the resultant foul was saved by Korcan.

3 minutes later and the 2nd goal arrived after some intricate football from Malatya as they performed a neat one-two in the box for ‘old boy’ Bifouma to stroke the ball in with the Ankaragucu defence helpless.

It took until the 37th minute for Ankaragucu to threaten but it was a weak effort by Ilhan and easily saved.

The 3rd goal arrived 3 minutes before the break and it was probably the goal of the match and one modelled on Messi at his best.   Guilherme picked up the ball on the right just outside the box and with 2 defenders about to challenge him, he shifted the ball to his left foot and sent a screamer into the top left with Korcan well beaten.

Just time for Kitsiou to receive a yellow for a cynical tackle before the whistle.

A professional display from Malatya and Ankaragucu could have no complaints.   Malatya was in complete control of the match after their first goal and Ankaragucu was restricted to defending, passing the ball around in midfield and commiting countless fouls.

Situation normal after the resumption with Ankaragucu finding it difficult to move out of their own half.   There was no penetration and they were continually being dispossessed and presenting Malatya with the initiative to attack.

Malatya’s left winger was causing all sorts of problems and he almost set-up the 4th in the 68th minute when he flew down the left wing leaving the Ankaragucu defence in his wake.   He slipped the ball to a team mate in the box but his shot hit the post and was cleared.

15 minutes from the end and Kitsiou showed his frustration with a high and dangerous tackle which the referee decided was another yellow and therefore ............ RED.

5 minutes later and it was No4.   A shot on the right just outside the box and Korcan spread himself to save, but could only palm the ball out to the incoming and unmarked Donald who had the easiest of tasks to tap-in.

Malatya could have scored a further two in the dying minutes, but an attacker missed a simple header and Korcan made a great save one-on-one with an attacker.

The burning question now is ................... when will Ankaragucu score a goal ?    With an away match against Fener....spit....bahce next Saturday, it could be a long wait, so let’s not hold our breath !!

Does it feel as though I am being blaze about our current predicament ?    Yes, I admit it, but with management still unable to solve the transfer ban, there is little hope on the horizon.    So, Ankaragucu’s slide down the table will continue.    Currently 12th and only 3 points off the relegation zone !

One last comment ............. Aaaaaaargh !!!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Ankaragucu vs Yeni Malatyaspor match preview!

Metin Diyadin will take charge of his first competitive Ankaragucu game on Sunday afternoon, after he was appointed the teams new Manager last week. The former Giresunspor, Goztepe and Genclerbirligi manager has an impossible task as he takes over a club in who has big problems both on and off the pitch.

Ankaragucu are undefeated in their first 3 Super Lig matches having won 1 and drawn their other 2 games. The basis of those results have been a solid defence and Goalkeeper and an excellent work rate from everyone on the team. That can only last for so long though, with the team constantly under pressure for the majority of each game, the players will be playing with heavy legs with each match that passes.

This weekends opponents are Yeni Malatyaspor who due to their Europa League run are further ahead of everyone else in Turkey in terms of match fitness and games played. That being said they have had a mixed start to the season with 1 win against Basaksehir and 2 defeats against Trabzonspor and Alanyaspor.

In attack they have a lot of pace in former Ankaragucu winger Thievy Bifouma, Gokhan Tore and Moryke Fofana. They also have Adis Jahovic who has proved himself as one of the best finishers in Turkey over the years. Pulling the strings in midfield is Guilherme who is a very talented player and playmaker.

Cause or concern for Malatyaspor manager Sergen Yalcin will be his defence that has played a big part in their defeat at Partazan in Europe and in the Super Lig especially last week at Alanyaspor where they were 3-0 down.

Dever Orgill and Michal Pazdan were both away on International duty with Jamaica and Poland this week. Orgill scored 2 goals in a 4-0 win over Guyana, while Pazdan started in Polands 2-0 defeat at Slovenia.

Ankaragucu lost 3-0 against Ukranian Premier League side Desna in a friendly at the clubs Bestepe training facility. I watched the game for 10 minutes and turned it off it was that bad. Ilhan Parlak passed the ball out of play after only 2 minutes and the whole team just lacked any quality.

Lets hope for another solid performance at home on Sunday, its going to be another massive uphill task but never write off the underdog!

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Ankaragucu news update!

Mehmet Yiginer failed to lift the transfer ban before Monday nights transfer deadline, much to the anger of the Ankaragucu support who have been lied to and let down again. When Murat Agcabag was running for the Presidential elections at the club earlier this summer, Mehmet promised that he would lift the ban and bring in 7-8 new players.

Instead, Ankaragucu are the only club in the Super Lig who haven't signed any players and have a transfer ban in place. Adama Traore and Kevin Bemanga along with all the players the club had agreed deals with in principle, have been let down, and again its damaging for the reputation and image of the club.

Ankaragucu have now registered Oscar Scarione and Mahmut Akan who were both with the club last season and will join up with the rest of the squad. Neither of them will have any impact on the team or are of the required standard.

To make things worse, Mehmet Yiginer has now appointed Metin Diyadin as manager, another Turkish coach who has bounced from club to club and doesnt have a great reputation in the game. His last spell was with Giresunspor last season.

Unfortunately we have no good news to report!

Monday, September 02, 2019


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

After last week’s ‘red mist’ in Gaziantep, Gencler spurned the opportunity to win their first points of the season last night by throwing away a 1-0 lead in the last 10 minutes of the match.

GENCLERBIRLIGI         1             Basaksehir       2

Team – Diallo, Erdem, Flavio, Fabricio, Halil, Sio, Sessegnon, Toure, Berat, Candeias and Stancu

Substitutes – Yasin, Soner and Rahmetullah

This match was a ‘6 pointer’ with both teams propping up the league on zero points, so when Sio opened the scoring on the half hour mark it should have been the signal to kill the match off with a 2nd goal.

However, as we have seen during the last few seasons, Basaksehir is not a team to take lightly, even allowing for the fact that their best two players have since moved on to pastures new.

Goals from Demba Ba and Visca in the last 10 minutes consigned Gencler to the bottom of the league on zero points after 3 matches in.

It doesn’t get any easier in this league with an away match next up after the International Break against Trabzonspor !

Interestingly, at the other end of the table, Alanya lead the way with a 100% winning record and are 2 points clear of the chasing pack.   How long will they stay there I wonder ??!!

Gencler need to start winning points and ......................sooooooon !!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Kasimpasa 0-1 Ankaragücü match report!

Ankaragücü traveller back to the Capital last night with all 3 points after another upset and a 1-0 victory at Kasimpasa. Again it was an excellent defensive performance from Ankaragücü who also had a bit of luck on their side, but it’s 3 points and the team won’t care how they win.

Team - Korcan, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Pazdan, Pinto, Sedat, Moke, Canteros, Ilhan, Aydin, Orgill

Subs - Furkan, Cebrail, Yalcin, Mehmet, Ahmet, Faty, Alihan, Hasan, Ender, Zaur

Thiago Pinto came in for his first start of the season replacing Mehmet Sak who would have to make do with a place on the bench.

It was a frantic start to the game with Kasimpasa hitting the crossbar after only 2 minutes when Yusuf Erdogan saw his deflected shot off Pazdan come back off the bar. Ankaragücü went straight up the other end and from a free kick Ilhan saw his header saved by Ozturk.

A minute later Dever Orgill had a go from 35 yards but his shot was weak and went well wide of the post.

Korcan Celikay has been instrumental in Ankaragücü good start to the season and had another good game last night. He made a great save from point blank range on the 18th minute to keep the scores even. Five minutes later Ankaragücü took the lead, a great ball into the box from Tito Canteros for Ilhan who tried to head the ball back across goal, but it looped high over Ozturk into the back of the net to send the travelling fans wild.

Special praise has to go to Ilhan, who doesn’t have the quality required at this level, but played with broken ribs last night and again showed his commitment to the team.

From then on it was all Kasimpasa. Mustafa Pektemek headed over from 5 yards before Korcan made a brilliant double save. Yusuf Erdogan, Hajradinovic and Khallili all had chances before half time but Couldn’t find a way past Korcan.

Into the 2nd half and it was much of the same. Aytac Kara saw his show saved by Korcan on the 49th minute.  Five minutes later Ilhan had a chance to double his tally but Ozturk managed to clear the ball for a corner.

On the 64h minute Hajradinovic had another shot from distance but Korcan saved again. Then on the 78th minute it looked like Kasimpasa luck was about to change, but Mame Thiam saw his headed effort come back off the bar.

Ilhan had another great chance when he was put through on goal by Canteros but he was too slow and allowed the defender to get back and clear. Korcan had 1 more great save before the game finished and the Ankaragücü fans celebrated at the end with the team.

A massive win for Ankaragücü and now let’s hope Mehmet Yiginer can lift the transfer ban as with a few additions in midfield and attack this Ankaragücü team could fight for Europe.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Kasimpasa vs Ankaragucu match preview!

Another game is approaching us tomorrow night, and Ankaragucu will again go into the match with the board having failed to lift the transfer ban. As we approach the 2nd of September deadline, it is looking unlikely that the ban will be lifted which will mean almost certain relegation for the club.

With each passing day, the club are missing out on players they have spoken to about joining the club to other teams. Umar Aminu from Osmanlispor last night agreed a move to Rizespor, and was believed to be a key target for Ankaragucu.

Even if the ban is lifted on the last day, what caliber of player will Ankaragucu be left with? What decent player will have waited all this time and turned down offers from other clubs with no guarantee of signing with Ankaragucu?

Adama Traore and Kevin Bemanga are still training with the club and will almost certainly sign if the ban is lifted, but its looking like the club are missing out on other targets due to this inept management of the club.

We saw last weekend the effect of managements pricing strategy for match tickets and season tickets. Only 6,500 fans turned up for the Kayserispor match despite the capacity being 20,000. Had the pricing structure being set at an affordable amount there would have been a minimum of 15,000 at the game. Having done some sums, the club would have almost certainly have lost money with their stubbornness.

Ankaragucu travel to Kasimpasa tomorrow night and will again be the underdogs as they try and defy the odds with another upset. The team were so close to winning against Kayserispor last week but for a 93rd minute equaliser from Umut Bulut and also some dubious refereeing decisions again.

Kasimpasa have had a mixed start to the season and are still searching for their first win. A good 1-1 draw at home to Trabzonspor was followed up with a 4-1 defeat at Antalyaspor. The Istanbul side have lost some of their key players from last season including Mbaye Diagne who went to Galatasaray last year, while Trezeguet moved to Aston Villa for £9 Million in the Summer.

Yusuf Erdogan and Aytac Kara have joined Kasimpasa on free transfers from Bursaspor, while Mustafa Pektemek has signed from Besiktas. Foreign signings Mame Thiam and Jorge Fernandes have also joined the club.

One the the key players for Kasimpasa is Bengali Fode Koita, but unfortunately for Kasimpasa he has picked up another injury and looks like he will miss out. Koita is a forward player who plays out wide and on his day is a handful for any defender. He has been plagued by injuries over the last 2 years and it looks like he may be out for a spell again.

The success for Ankaragucu over their opening 2 games has been the defence. Michal Pazdan in particular has been outstanding and just won a call up to the Poland national team. He has formed an excellent partnership with Croatian Ante Kulusic. Thiago Pinto will almost certainly come back into the starting line up with Mehmet Sak putting in another poor performance last week.

The problem for Ankaragucu in attack is that even though Ilhan Parlak and Aydin Karabulut have been very poor and ineffective, the team dont have other options unless they look at the youth players. Berke Gurbuz is one of the most promising young players but the manager doesnt think he is ready physically. Hasan Kaya came on last weekend and done ok so there might be a place in the starting line up for him.

Its going to take another huge effort for Ankaragucu and again there will be a large following of Ankaragucu fans. Lets hope the team can send them back to the Capital with a positive result.