The time has finally arrived, where Ankaragücü have a home and will open the Eryaman Stadium on Monday night against Alanyaspor in what will be the biggest game of the season for the team so far. Another week has went past with Ankaragücü facing more bad news as Alessio Cerci, Erdem Ozgenc, Thibault Moulin and Bakary Kone the latest players who could leave the club due to unpaid wages.
Mehmet Yiginer and his board have failed to remove the transfer ban which leaves Mustafa Kaplan and the Ankaragücü team with a near impossible task of staying in the Super Lig. Firstly you have unhappy players who haven’t been paid their wages and secondly the team doesn’t have enough quality to get the results needed.
Moestepha El Kabir hasn’t trained with the team and looks like he won’t play. Whatever his differences with Mehmet Yiginer I think it’s unprofessional to refuse to play or train with your team if the reports are indeed true. I have spoken with El Kabir and all he will say is that the truth will come out. I don’t know why he wouldn’t just tell the truth just now and defend himself instead he is alienating himself from the team and the fans.
Hopefully the new stadium will give the team and fans a much needed lift and can help with a positive outcome. Anything other than 3 points is unthinkable for Ankaragücü.
The last time the two sides met, Ankaragücü won 2-0 in Alanya thanks to goals from Ilhan Parlak and Thiago Pinto. A lot has changed since then with Ankaragücü losing their manager and some of their players who terminated their contracts.
Alanyaspor have some dangerous players in attack such as former Newcastle striker Pappis Cisse and Junior Fernandes. They currently sit 1 point above Ankaragücü in the table and are also fighting for their survival in the Super Lig.
Unlike Ankaragücü, the visitors have been able to strengthen their squad in January with the signings of Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan and former England International Steven Caulker.
After last weeks disastrous 6-0 defeat at Galatasaray, Ankaragücü will be looking to give the fans something to cheer about and bring a bit of pride back to the club. I met with Jim tonight in Glasgow and none of us are optimistic but we will be both as usual tuning into the game with the hope Ankaragücü can pull off an upset in our nice new stadium.