Before we look ahead to this weekends match, we can confirm Ankaragucu have completed the signings of Sivasspor duo Cagatay Ceken and Korcan Celikay. We would like to welcome both players to the club and hope they can help the team to promotion.
As Jim pointed out, Mehmet Yiginer has also stated we will sign another Striker and a Midfielder before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. After losing Onur Atasayer to Bursaspor there was understandably a growing concern from the Ankaragucu fans. Fair play to Mehmet Yiginer and the management team who have brought in 4 new additions who all look like they will boost the squad and have a big part to play.
Ankaragucu are back at home for the first time since December due to the winter break. The team will be hoping to bounce back after last weeks disappointing 1-1 draw at Aydinspor. In fairness the Aydinspor pitch didn't do the team any favours as it was in terrible condition. There will be no excuses this week as Ankaragucu will have a nice pitch to play on at the 19 Mayis Stadium, and the backing of the faithful support.
Talking of the 19 Mayis Stadium, Melih Gokcek has stated there will be two new stadiums built in Ankara. One a smaller stadium that will hold 21,000 fans and the other will be a 50,000 seated stadium. The site is next to the current 19 Mayis Stadium which will be demolished once the others are completed. I don't think a 50,000 stadium is the right thing to do. A 35,000 seated stadium would be more suitable especially for Ankaragucu. You just need to look at the stadiums in Turkey at the moment, there all empty due to Passolig, Politics and other reasons.
Ankaragucu will be without key player Omer Bozan who is suspended. Its unclear whether any the new players will be included in the squad. Serkan Balci and Ferhat Culcuoglu both return from suspension.
Kirklarelispor are on a woeful run of form having not won in their last 14 games. They sit 3rd from bottom and there should be no excuses this weekend, a convincing win is a must, especially when the management have again put money in their pocket to strengthen the team.
As usual we will have all the updates on our Facebook page and links to the match on periscope. Jim and the rest of the Kanka group will be going to the game, so if anyone wants to join them get in touch with Jim.