Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
It’s not ‘goodbye’, it’s only ‘au revoir’ !
Our webmaster, Oz Kanka Chris, is keading Down-Under with his son, Oz Kanka Junior (we can’t call him Little Oz Kanka anymore !!!) next week. Mathew is ready to begin a new episode in his life at a High School in Canberra and dad will be there for a few years to ‘bed him in’ to the Aussie Way of life and help steer him in the right direction with his studies.
The good news is that Oz Kanka will remain our Webmaster from afar, and although he can’t report on Gencler matches, he will still be a contributor here. Bellshill Kanka Nadeem and I will do our best to keep Gencler scores and news going throughout the season, and we will all be hoping that they make a quick return to the Super League.
Of course, we will all miss Oz Kanka (especially his famous rants when Gencler ‘don’t turn up’) but we can at least look forward to the future when he eventually returns back to his 2nd home in Ankara.
It seems that Oz Kanka and I have been buddies for ever so it will be strange not to see his cheery face around !
Going back in time, we first met way back in 2004 in The Sahil Restaurant in Genclik Park prior to an Ankaragucu match. He waltzed in, introduced himself and was immediately named as Oz Kanka ! His heart is Gencler, but like all of us kankas we regard our TWO teams as brother teams in the same way as Ankaragucu and Bursaspor.
It didn’t take long for Oz Kanka to make his mark, and his brilliant idea of starting this Blog in December 2005 was a master stroke. The ‘proof of the pudding is in the eating’ and that the Blog is still going strong after over 12 years of regular reports for both Ankara teams speaks volumes !
The joint Kanka BBQ in the Red Lion Club in 2006 was a great success which cemented the bond between the two groups and that bond remains as close as ever today.
The arrival of Bellshill Kanka Nadeem into the Ankaragucu camp further strengthened the success of the Blog and lots of supporters from other tribunes read it on a regular basis and make comments from time to time. Nadeem’s pre-match and match reports have been invaluable in that respect.
The Au Revoir Party for Chris and Mathew was held in the Red Lion Club last night and it was a night to remember with a big turnout from kankas and all their other friends.
So, we all wish them both success Down-Under and look forward to Oz Kanka’s return to the fold in the future. In the meantime, we can keep in touch with him here on the Blog.
Gule Gule Oz Kanka and Oz Kanka Junior !
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim
PS ....... Thanks for being a great friend for 14 years, and ............ here’s to the next 14 years plus !!!