Genclerbirligi 4 - 0 Sivasspor
What a beautiful December day. A little bit chilly but bright sunshine, wispy white clouds - all up perfect conditions for a game of footy. Kanka-wise, just Bernard and me in the stands but the lovely weather got quite a few fans out of the woodwork.
Just like last week the fan groups tied their banners upside down in protest at the club hiring Umit Ozat as coach and they organised a five minute silence from the fans... Then on five minutes they started the chants for Ozat and the management to resign.
It was all going along as usual with no real penetrating footy from either team when on the 12th minute Skuletic scored a screamer. The last time the ball touched the ground before it was in the back of the net was when it was launched forward by N'diaye from before the halfway line to Dialo (I think) who headed the ball forwards in a flat trajectory, then Skuletic managed to tap into into the air with his toe, he then knocked it up a touch with his knee and then took the shot 30 yards out. Nothing but net. Do check out the video in the tweet below, it is brilliant.
What A Goal ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/yKnnRaWiMv— ODTÜLÜ GENÇLER (@ODTULUGENCLERR) December 3, 2017
Once the cheers had died down a bit.... the entire Maraton resumed "Yonetim Istifa"
The rest of the half was more than ordinary from Gencler and if there was any justice in the world Sivas should have at least got an equaliser... or even to have gone into the lead. We were playing awfully and without purpose.
Second half though and Ozat took off Khallili and moved Zeki into his normal back position, away from the wing where he had been rubbish for most of the first half. It was an inspired change and Gencler stepped up.
Diallo made hard work of what should have been a simple goal ... but still it went in. Up went the cheers and then up went the whole of Maraton again... `Yonetim Istifa`.
Then Elvis Manu decided that he was going to score. With excellent passing opportunities he decided to go it alone and somehow managed to score. If this was an Under 12s match the coach would have taken off the player for extreme selfishness and showboating. For us though it was just a laugh. 3-0 and the fans shouted out once more "Yonetim Istifa".
Again take a look at the goal in the tweet below.
What A Goal Again ⚽️🚀 pic.twitter.com/PfL8qEzAo3— ODTÜLÜ GENÇLER (@ODTULUGENCLERR) December 3, 2017
Elvis scored again towards the end and well it was a party mood at the 19 Mayis.
The final whistle couldn't come quick enough for Sivas and up went our cheers. Then we all sang out in unison.
EDIT: The club has issued a statement saying they were "surprised and upset" by the fans jeers and they are completely behind coach Umit Ozat...
EDIT 2: At the press conference after the match Ozat talked about the criticism he received for his statements last week that accused Ankaragucu fans of wearing Gencler jerseys and swearing at him. At the presser he said that he would never criticise a former club of his "even if it was a Jewish club"
EDIT 3: On Monday evening the club issued a statement in Ozat's name saying that he was sorry to Jewish people.