Monday, March 26, 2018


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Feast your eyes on the photos of the wedding of the year !       The handsome Nadeem with his beautiful bride, Rebecca.

and .............

Just another excuse for us kankas to celebrate on Sunday when we will also be celebrating Ankaragucu's win against Denizli.     This will be an extra wedding present for Nadeem from the team !!!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, March 25, 2018


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

It would be remiss of The Round Ball in Ankara to overlook this special day for one of our special kankas and regular reporters.

As you regular readers know, he has been a rock for Ankaragucu for many years now with his reporting, especially his previews and reports of away matches.

Also, he has visited us here in Ankara on ...... I've lost count ........... 4 occasions over the years to attend Ankaragucu matches and he is now a well known and famous figure in all the tribunes.   Hopefully he will be able to visit us again before this season ends ??!!

So, Nadeem, on behalf of all the kankas, and ........... all the Ankaragucu fanatiks out there who read our blog, we wish you and the lovely Rebecca a long and happy marriage together.    Also, dare I mention that we look forward to the day when we can see a Mini Bellshill Kanka appearing on the scene to keep up the tradition of Iskocya/Ankaragucu kankas ??!!!

All the best to Nadeem and Rebecca from The Ankaragucu and Genclerbirligi Kanka Group and all associated with The Round Ball in Ankara.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, March 20, 2018


Greeting Kankas and Kankies.

Remember when Ankaragucu was languishing in the 2nd League for a few years ?    How many times have we all said that there are no easy matches ?    Hmmm ..... yes, many times !

However, the same applies in the PTT Championship League, and even more so !     For example, cast your mind back to a few weeks agao and see how long it took Ankaragucu to prise open bottom of the league Gaziantepspor's defence !!

So, here we are with only 6 matches to go and we are within touching distance of returing to the Super League.

Can we do it ?    Will we have and end to the transfer ban, and more importantly, will we have the dosh to strengthen the team if we do ?   All these questions remain for the future !

So, to those 6 matches and there is only one of them, in my opinion, which can resonably be counted as a 'winner take all' at this stage, and that is the away match agaisnt Umraniye.   All the others are within Ankaragucu's grasp as winable !

1 April - Away to Denizlispor
8 April - Home to Giresun
15 April - Away to Umraniye
22 April - Home to Gazisehir
29 April - Away to Manisa
6 May - Home to Adana Demirspor

Squeaky bum time approaches !!!!

Thoughts ??     Opinions ??

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, March 19, 2018


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

The Eskisehirspor (Ess-Ess) goalkeeper, Kayacan Erdogan, shut the gate firmly against everything that Ankaragucu could throw at him with some outstanding saves that won him my Man of The Match award !   However, he could do little about the breach in the 71st minute when he was left exposed by his defence who had supported him so well up until that point.   One lapse in concentration was enough to seal the 3 points for Ankaragucu !

ANKARAGUCU     1         Eskisehirspor     0

The kankas met up at The Bira Park – Maniac Kanka Harun and Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, and then we made the hike along the GMK Bulvar, through the underground Maltepe Carsi, through the impressive new Ankara Railway Station and then to the Stadium.   We met up with the remainder of the kankas there – Horseman Kanka Osman, Posh Kanka Ahmet and Vittoria Kanka Miguel.

The stadium atmosphere was in carnival mode and it was full in all the tribunes, except the away end which, of course, was empty !

An impressive giant flag in Maraton greeted the players as they entered to start the match.

Kayacan made the first of his string of saves in the 11th minute after fine work by Kenan and Umut to set up a golden opportunity for Enes whose goalbound shot was well saved and turned around the post for a corner (the first of many !).

16th minute and the customary Bursa song !

It was all Ankaragucu with sporadic breakaways by Ess-Ess, but the save of the match came 5 minutes before the break.   Enes was brought down just outside the box on the left.   Up stepped Erdem to send in ‘a curler’ to the top left hand corner of the goal and we were all up celebrating a great goal.    Wrong !!!    Kayacan made an acrobatic flying save to turn the ball round the post – absolutely incredible save !

One minute later and Altay was brought into the match to make his first save of the match, but it was a weak shot and easily saved.

Two minutes later and Kayacan made another great instinctive save when Umut crossed for Kenan who connected well, but his goalbound shot was saved with us all screaming for a goal !

Into time added on and there was a fracas between the 4th referee, one of the substitutes and Ismail Bey concerning a foul given against Ankaragucu.   A few missiles were thrown by a few supporters in Sag Kapali, but it was calmed by the presence of Police and stewards.   However, it could have turned nasty !   Here’s hoping the 4th official doesn’t report it to the TFF and give them another opportunity to punish us AGAIN !!

Just time for Kayacan to make another good save before the half time whistle.

Into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu again took the game to Ess-Ess and 5 minutes in it was almost on own-goal when and Ess-Ess defender made a panic clearance which went narrowly past the post for a corner.

8 minutes later a sweeping move by Ankaragucu ended with a goalbound shot by our great kaptan Erdem being saved by that man again for a corner.

It was all Ankaragucu, but Ess-Ess still looked dangerous on the break, but the Ankaragucu defence were able to deal with everything that came their way.

Then in the 64th minute, another one of Ismail Bey’s strange decisions when Kehinde replaced the hard working and effective Enes.   I honestly don’t know how his brain works !!!   There was Parlak still on the pitch who had been anonymous for most of the match.   His positioning when running off the ball is hopeless and he is not the partner for Umut to feed off.   I shake my head in disbelief.    Parlak is a bench warmer !!!

Rant over, and back to the match !    In the 66th minute Kenan was put through with a great pass, but his fierce shot went just past the post.

5 minutes later and the breakthrough came at last.   From a corner on the left, the ball wasn’t attacked by the defenders and Yusuf was on hand to head in with Kayacan exposed and unprotected.   Cue ...... wild scenes of celebration for all the tribunes and by the players at the Gecikondu end and took a few minutes for the referee to restart the match.

Into the last 15 minutes and Ankaragucu was soaking up the pressure now as Ess-Ess searched for an equaliser.   However, Altay was only called upon once more to save from another weak shot.

So, to the final whistle and sighs of relief all round as Ankaragucu took advantage of Rize and Bolu both dropping points.

Ess-Ess was a difficult nut to crack, thanks to the exploits of Kayacan, but the crucial goal was found and that’s the bottom line !

Now the pressure is back on Rize as Ankaragucu move to within one point of them at the top of the league.

Next up is an away match to 3rd bottom of the league, Denizli on 1 April (international footie next weekend).   On the other hand, Rize has a very difficult away match against Istan....spit....bulspor !

Haydi Ankaragucu – let’s do this, and return to our God given rightful position in the Super League !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Gencler under Ozat are shit

Can I just point out how utterly sick I am of Umit Ozat. This man, along with other things such as Passolig and Murat Cavcav, is completely destroying this club. Only a couple of hundred fans showed up this weekend. Why? Because we have lost all joy, all enthusiasm. The past few years have really been a stake in the heart of real Genclerbirligi fans.


Genclerbirligi 1 - 1 Akhisar

Gencler was down for the whole match until the 5th minute of extra time. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ankaragücü vs Eskisehirspor match preview!

A crowd of 20,000 is expected on Sunday afternoon at the 19 Mayis Stadium as Ankaragücü take on fierce rivals Eskisehirspor with both sides having everything to fight for albeit different reasons. Ankaragücü will go into the match full of confidence after and excellent 2-1 win at Istanbulspor midweek. Eskisehirspor are only 1 point outside the relegation zone after a disappointing 4-2 home defeat against Altinordu midweek.

 Nduka Ozokwo and Anton Putsila both give Ankaragücü a big boost by returning to full training this week. Ozokwo has been out for 6 months after picking up an injury at Rizespor last year, while star man Putsila has missed the last couple of games. Both players will add quality to the Ankaragücü attack which has been a concern since the restart of the second half of the season. Tonia Tisdell is still out but also back in training.

The game at Istanbulspor midweek was hard fought but Ankaragücü will need to again find improvement as they were lucky to come away with all 3 points. The first half in particular was dominated by Istanbulspor who were faster and moved the ball a lot quicker. Two great finishes from Ilhan Parlak and Lanre Kehinde who were the heroes of the day giving Ankaragücü all 3 points.

It’s likely that Anton Putsila and Ilhan Parlak will come into the starting line up in place of Abdulkadir Kayali and Enes Kubat for Sunday’s game. Abdulkadir in particular has had a tough time with injuries during his 2nd spell at the club and has struggled to make any impact. 

Goals from Kenan Özer, Ilhan Parlak and Umut Nayir gave Ankaragücü all 3 points in a 3-1 win in Eskisehir the last time the two sides met. The result perhaps flattered Ankaragücü as Eskisehirspor had more possession and more shots on goal, but Ankaragücü were more clinical when it mattered.

Eskisehirspor have only won 1 of their last 5 matches and have struggled all season in the defensive side of their game. Only Manisaspor and Gaziantepspor have conceded more goals. That said only Rizespor have scored more goals all season in the PTT Lig.

Chiko Ofoedu is the key player for Eskisehirspor having scored 12 goals and his all round play makes him one of the leagues best players. His pace and skill will cause problems for any defence and the 25 year old is playing the best football of his career which will almost certainly see him win a move to a higher level in the summer. 

The Ankaragücü crowd will play a big role in Sunday’s match. An almost full 19 Mayis Stadium will bring a fantastic atmosphere which will help cheer the team on against rivals Eskisehirspor. Although the two sides have respect for each other’s fans, there is still a lot of tension between the two sets of fans after 2 Ankaragücü fans were stabbed in Eskisehir almost 10 years ago.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Istanbulspor 1-2 Ankaragucu match report!

Ankaragucu tonight fought against adversity to claim all 3 points in Istanbul with a fantastic 2-1 win over Istanbulspor. Despite having only played on Friday in a hard fought win over Adanaspor, the Ankaragucu fought through the tiredness to deliver and emphatic win for the 500 strong travelling support including our very own Maniac Harun who met President Yiginer.

Team - Altay, Erdem, Alihan, Yusuf, Ferhat, Arif, Sedat, Abdulkadir, Enes, Ilhan, Umut Nayir
Subs - Korcan, Kenan, Kehinde, Gencer, Mahmut, Mehmet, Ahmet, Lukasz

Their were a few raised eyebrows and angry reactions when the Ankaragucu team was announced with Kenan dropping to the bench and Ilhan Parlak starting in his place. Ilhan however would have the last laugh.

Istanbulspor started the game brightly and passed the ball well while Ankaragucu looked sluggish and couldn’t get a foot on the ball. The first chance of the game came for Istanbulspor when Mehmet was put through on goal but he chipped his shot over Altay but wide of the post.

Next up was a shot from the edge of the box from Zafer but Altay produced a brilliant save to tip the ball over the bar. Mehmet Celik then produced a wonderful pass for Cajic but he somehow shot wide with just Altay to beat.

Into the second half and again it was Istanbulspor on the front foot. A good ball to the back post for Onur Kolay who volleyed his shot but Altay again made a fantastic save to keep the score at 0-0.

With their first chance of the game Ankaragucu would take the lead with a brilliant goal from Ilhan Parlak. A great ball into the box from Erdem was met by Gencer whose overhead kick fell to Ilhan who in turn volleyed his shot into the top corner. The Ankaragucu fans erupted and Ilhan celebrated with them in style.

It took Istanbulspor only 7 minutes to find the equaliser, a lovely ball out Cajic through on goal and he beautifully chipped Altay to make it 1-1 with 10 minutes to go.

Just when it looked to be heading for a draw up stepped Lanre Kehinde to play hero of the day. Another fantastic cross from Erdem with his 15th assist of the season for Kehinde who met the ball with a brilliant diving header to make it 2-1 Ankaragucu and send the fans wild!!

A poor first half performance, but Ankaragucu showed great spirit for the 3 points and climb back up into 2nd. Next up is a home match on Sunday with fierce rivals Eskisehirspor in what should be an absolute cracker at the 19 Mayis Stadium.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Ankaragucu 2-1 Adanaspor match report!

So following on from Jim’s report below, Ankaragucu led Adanspor 1-0 with 65 minutes to go on Friday afternoon due to the game being abandoned on Thursday night due to floodlight failure.

Team - Korcan, Erdem, Alihan, Yusuf, Mehmet, Arif, Sedat, Abdulkadir, Kenan, Enes, Umut
Subs - Altay, Ilhan, Gencer, Ferhat, Kehinde, Mahmut, Ahmet, Lukasz, Oguzhan

Ankaragücü took all 3 points with a 2-1 win over Adanaspor and although most Ankaragücü fans are delighted that we are back up to 2nd, I’m sorry to put some negativity on the result, but it was another poor performance against a team who have only won 3 of their last 15 games while having one of the worst defensive records in the league.

On the Thursday night Ankaragücü passed the Ball well and looked in control deservingly leading through a Yusuf Abdioglu goal. On the Friday afternoon where conditions were excellent Ankaragücü came away with 3 points but can count themselves lucky as Adanaspor went close to nicking a draw.

Umut Nayir again showed why he is so vital to the Ankaragücü attack with another excellent goal on the 51st minute. A brilliant strike from about 25 yards but questions will be asked of Mert Aykuz in the Adanaspor goal.

Just when it looked like Ankaragücü were heading for a comfortable win, Adanspor hit on the break down the right hand side and Oguzhan miss hit his shot which went straight into the net with Korcan not expecting the ball to go in at his front post. Mehmet Sak was the player caught out of position and it was the same area that Adanaspor were trying to exploit the rest of the match.

Sedat had a great chance for Ankaragücü after a nice move but hit his shot high and wide from about 5 yards out.

Mehmet Sak was again caught out of position with Kalu Uche through on goal, but the Nigerian dragged his shot wide when he should have scored. Adanaspor had another couple of chances late on but Ankaragucu held on for the 3 points and now go 2nd.

Ankaragucu on too many occasions got into good positions but the final ball and finishing was awful. Kenan Özer, Enes Kubat, Ilhan Parlak when he came on and Sedat were all guilty. The team now travel to Istanbul for Monday nights game at Istanbulspor. The club tried to change the game to Tuesday due to the Adana game being played on the Friday but the TFF refused.

İsmail Kartal said after the game that the team are still fighting for the title but the main problem is the small squad and not having a lot of options due to the transfer ban, but the team will keep on fighting.

Friday, March 09, 2018


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Whaaaaaaaat ?      How can that be ???

Darkness descended on the 19 Mayis Stadium in Ankara when we had a massive power cut after 35 minutes last night which affected the floodlights and stadium internal lights.    There had been a power outage of the internal lights in the 10th minute which held up play for about 5 minutes, but we didn’t have an inkling of what was to come at that time !

Anyway, we all met-up in high spirits full of expectation in the TSYD Restaurant where we welcomed back Scouse Kanka Marcus for a quick visit to Ankara.   Also there were Maniac Kanka Harun, Nurer Kanka, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon, Posh Kanka Ahmet, and later in the Stadium, Vittoria Kanka Miguel.

Pre-match food and drinkies with VIP Guest, Scouse Kanka Marcus

It was pissing down with rain pre-match and during the match, but that didn’t seem to bother the Ankaragucu players who went straight into attack mode from the off.

Ankaragucu almost took the lead in the 2nd minute when Kenan made a pinpoint pass to Enes, but his shot whizzed past the post.

16 minutes brought on a chorus of the Bursa song as Ankaragucu continued to dominate proceedings.   The goalkeeper came to Adana’s rrescue with a save on the 28th minute, but he was unable to prevent the opening goal 4 minutes later.

A corner on the right was floated in and first to react in the crowded penalty area was Yusuf who prodded the ball in from close range.

Then, 3 minutes later ........... BLACKOUT !!!

We waited about half an hour before the announcement was made to postpone the match.    So, off to The Bira Park we trotted for some refreshments, and not forgetting Mercimek Soup for Marcus and Damon !

The continuation of this match is today (Friday) and Part 2 of this story will follow soooooon by Nadeem.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Ankaragucu vs Adanaspor match preview!

Ankaragücü are back at home tomorrow night in what can only be described as a must win match if the club have any aspirations of playing in the Super Lig next season. Another disastrous performance at the weekend against Boluspor which ended in a 3-1 defeat see Ankaragücü in 4th place but they can go 2nd if they take all 3 points against Adanaspor.

Putting aside the Gaziantepspor match, Ankaragücü have only won 1 of their last 8 games and pressure is starting to mount on İsmail Kartal and the management team. The fans have vented their frustrations with some asking for the dismissal of Kartal while questions of the management team for failing to lift the transfer ban in January.

İsmail Kartal continues to baffle the Ankaragücü support with his decision making and team selections. Enes Kubat has contributed in every game he has played scoring 3 goals in 4 games but somehow found himself on the bench, while Mbamba Kibong found himself in a more attacking wide right hand side position. Ilhan Parlak also started another game where he failed to score or create and assist. Only İsmail Kartal can explain what he was thinking, but again it didn’t work and Ankaragücü were deservedly beaten.

After the match İsmail Kartal frustrated the Ankaragücü fans again by making excuses over the weather, injuries, luck and said the team had 4-5 good chances, while that is true, Boluspor played through the same weather, and also had 4-5 good chances on top of the goals scored. The Ankaragücü management also came out and called for unity stating the team can still win the league. It’s time to start showing it on the pitch!!!

Adanaspor are one of the few sides with worse form than Ankaragücü having only won 3 of their last 15 games and are even in danger of missing out on a playoff spot. They lost 3-1 at home against Altinordu at the weekend and know they must come to Ankara and take all 3 points if they want to salvage their playoff hopes.

Magaye Gueye again will be the key player for Adanaspor. A big powerful forward with pace can be a match winner for the visitors. His erratic finishing is the reason he is playing in Lig 1 and not in the Super Lig, but on his day he is a handful for any defenders.

Ankaragücü will again be without Tonia Tisdell with a hamstring injury. Nduka Ozokwu is back in training but this match will come to early for him. Anton Putsila missed the last game with injury and could miss out again. Hopefully Enes finds himself in the starting line up and Ankaragücü can come away with all 3 points in front of an expected big crowd at the 19 Mayis Stadium!

Monday, March 05, 2018

Cold and wet and no points for Gencler

What a damp squib of a way to snap your 10 match unbeaten run.

Genclerbirligi 0 - 1 Alanyaspor

First half and no shots on goal for Gencler. Just a whole heap of niggling, annoying football that made me glad I was sitting in a pub and not at the match.

Second half and things brightened up at the Alerta with the arrival of Jim and Damon and Harun a couple of other Ankaragucu kankas whose misery was to start a bit later on. (see the report just below this one)

For Gencler though things weren't looking too good. We had a couple of close chances in the second half but we were sucker punched by a side that quite frankly is just as crap as us.

The wind roared and the rain poured down at the 19 Mayis and well it was all just rubbish.

I actually think that the 10-game unbeaten run was a fluke and Gencler Manager Umit Ozat was just extremely lucky. Fortunately for us, that streak may well save us from relegation.

EDIT: I just saw this brilliant review of the match by a member of the Alkaralar fan group, Ilker Karabulut

Alper Uludağ: Esas mevkisi sol bek, stoper oynadı.
Kemal Issah: Esas mevkisi orta saha, sağ bek oynadı.
Jailton: Esas mevkisi kanatlar, santrafor oynadı.
Sessegnon: Esas mevkisi forvet arkası, sağ açık oynadı.
Ümit Özat: Esas mevkisi Beyaz TV yorumculuğu, teknik direktör oynadı.

Alper Uludağ: His normal position is left back, he played as a stopper.
Kemal Issah: His normal position is midfield, he played as a right back.
Jailton: His normal position is on the wing, he played as a centre forward.
Sessegnon: His normal position is a forward. he played open right.
Ümit Özat: His normal position is as a Beyaz TV commentator, he played as a technical director.


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

This was a pathetic showing from Ankaragucu and a golden opportunity wasted to move into top spot in the league.   With Umraniye and Gazisehir losing, and Rize and Istan....spit.....bul drawing surely that was incentive enough to go to Bolu with a winning mentality ?    Obviously not !!!

Apart from Altay, Enes and Umut who looked up-for-it, it was a lethargic Ankaragucu with Bolu taking the initiative from the start and never relinquishing their grip on the match.   A well deserved win for them !

Bolu      3                        ANKARAGUCU     1

The kakas met-up at The Alerta – Oz Kanka Chris, Maniac Kanka Harun, Nurer Kanka, Posh Kanka Ahmet, Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and Vittoria Kanka Miguel.    New Kanka Murat went to Bolu, so it will be interesting to hear about his adventures on an ‘away day’ !

It was miserable weather in Ankara and Bolu with it pissing down with rain all day, and the match at 19 Mayis in Ankara between Gencler and Alanya, also the match in Bolu, was played on a water sodden pitch which made passing tricky but sliding tackles easy !

Bolu went straight into attacking mode and it only took 4 minutes for them to make their intentions clear, ie, attack !    A free kick on the right was floated in perfectly to Bolu’s unmarked No9, Poepon, who had a free header, and with Altay unprotected it was ominous how the remainder of the match would be played out.

The large group of Ankaragucu supporters in the away end made their voices heard in the 16th minute with the Bursa song, but there was little to sing about even at this stage of the match.

Ankaragucu’s first chance of the match came on the half hour mark when a loose ball came to Sedat lurking just outside the box and his goalbound effort was well saved.

5 minutes later and Bolu was 2 up.   A free kick on the left was sent over to the far post and the No9 headed back into the centre for the unmarked Arapi to tap-in.

One minute later it was almost 3 when a Bolu breakaway left the striker one-on-one with Altay, who dived bravely at his feet as he was about to shoot, but the striker lost his balance and hit Altay in the face which required attention.   However, fortunately he recovered after attention.

There was no sign of Ankaragucu reducing the arrears with Bolu in control and giving Ankaragucu a footie lesson, so the half time whistle came as a relief to us all, especially in the knowledge that we were only TWO down !    As I said previously, apart from a few, there was no urgency in Ankaragucu’s play and Erdem in particular was guilty of giving too many balls away needlessly and was playing like it was a practice match !

This is what Ankaragucu Kankas look like when they are losing !!!!

Into the 2nd half and the pattern of the match remained unchanged with Bolu looking the more likely to add to their score, and they almost did 4 minutes in when No17 was totally unmarked on the right as he headed in.    However, he was correctly judged to be offside.

Umut had a chance 3 minutes later but his header was tipped over the bar by the goalkeeper.

5 minutes later and another let-off for Ankaragucu when a striker totally missed an inviting cross from the left with the open goal at his mercy.

The introduction of ‘action man’, Enes, gave more impetus to the attack and it only took him a few minutes to make his mark on the match, as he did last week against Antep, when he showed his predatory skill and the likes of Parlak and Kehinde how it should be done.

With his goal came renewed hope, but that lasted only 5 minutes before Bolu struck to restore the two goal advantage, and it was a goal that any striker would cherish.   From outside the box on the right, Bentley, cut-in to avoid a tackle and curled an exquisite shot into the top left of the goal with Altay helpless.   A goal to savour for Bolu fans and neutrals !

At this point, most teams would have ‘shut up shop’, but not Bolu.    They had two more opportunities to ‘put the icing on the cake’ but we had Altay to thank for making a great save in time added-on to prevent the 4th.

So, what now ?    That’s Ismail Bey’s problem !!!

My immediate suggestion would be to start with Umut and Enes up front with Kenan and Putsila supplying the ammunition.   Playing Mbamba in an attacking role is not an option – he’s a defensive midfielder !     Kehinde and Parlak were both useless yesterday and must spend time keeping their bottoms warm on the bench.   I don’t want to be unkind to cart-horses or donkeys, but that’s what Kehinde looked like yesterday, and ........ Parlak was posted AWOL (absent without leave) !!!

God help us on Thursday against Adana (KO 7pm) if we have a repeat of this performance !!   For those that can make it, and I will be one, we will meet in the TSYD Restarurant Cafe opposite Gecikondu.     Visting ‘olde boy’ Scouse Kanka Marcus will be with us, so at least he can keep us entertained with his sharp wit even if Ankaragucu can’t !!!

Ankaragucu are now in 3rd top spot, 3 points behind Rize and one point behind Umraniye.   Interestingly, Bolu move into 4th position, only 3 points behind Ankaragucu !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim