Monday, February 17, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI TEAR-UP THE FORM BOOK !!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

While Ankaragucu recorded a routine and expected victory against istan....spit....bul fener....spit....bahce on Saturday, Genclerbirligi upset the form book and defeated high flying Alanya on the south coast yesterday.

Bear in mind that this is the team that knocked galata....spit....saray out of the Turkish Cup last week, so we must congratulate Gencler on an outstanding result.

Alanyaspor         0            GENCLERBIRLIGI        1

Team – Nordfeldt, Erdem, Ramos, Halil, Toure, Sefa, Sessegnon, Baiano, Yasin, Candeias and Stancu

Substitutes – Ahmet, Sio and Berat

Stancu was the hero for Gencler (again) with the crucial goal in the 77th minute.   However, it must have been a team performance to put the shutters up against an in form team like Alanya who have scored 41 league goals this season.

It is still a ‘dogs breakfast’ in the fight to avoid relegation with only 12 points separating Antep in 9th position and Kayseri at the bottom, with 8 other teams in the mix.

Therefore, the Ankara Derby takes on added significance next Sunday KO 4pm in the ‘6 pointer’  !

It is Gencler’s home match, and it is unclear at the moment if they will make Ankaragucu take the small away section, or open up the Stadium for Ankaragucu.

I will inform you of the decision in the comments section of this report and the Ankaragucu v fener....spit....bahce report when it is known.

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, February 16, 2020

ANKARAGUCU SHOWS NO MERCY AND SAVAGES THE CANARIES !!!




Greetings Kankas and Kankies. 

A night to remember last night when the Canaries were sent back to Istan.....spit.....bul with their feathers painted Ankara Blue  !!!



The doubters had to eat their words and the small band of Fener supporters in the away end were silenced in the 12th minute never to sing again  !!

A truly great team performance from Ankaragucu which will live long in the memory.   They never stopped running, harrying and chasing every ball and their belief spread to the supporters who sang throughout encouraging and applauding every attack and defensive move.     They showed touches of skill which we haven’t seen for some time and this bodes well for the future and moving up the league table.    Optimism is definitely back on the menu !

ANKARAGUCU       2                   Fenerbahce        1

Team – Ricardo, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Alihan, Pinto, Faty, Lukasik, Lobzhanidze (also known as Saba), Sedat, Michalak and Rodrigues

Substitutes – Ilhan, Atila and Pazdan

The kankas (Battle Damaged Kanka Damon and Maniac Kanka Haarun) met up at The Bira Park prior to the long journey out into the sticks to Eryaman Stadium where we met Posh Kanka Ahmet.



The Stadium was full and Gecikondu was in fine voice as usual all through the match, as were all the other tribunes.



Fener was first to threaten when Kruse was left unmarked on the left but his angled shot was well saved by Ricardo.

10 minutes into the match and we saw the first sign that Saba was going to cause problems down the right with his speed and anticipation.    A great pass was sent to him on the right and he scurried down the wing with Fener defender trying to catch him, crossed into the box, but Rodrigues header was just past the post.

2 minutes later and Saba was on hand to benefit from a schoolboy error in the Fener defence and he was able to run the ball into the goal with Fener defenders looking at each other for who to blame.

This was the beginning of belief on and off the field that we could actually win this and could forget about salvaging one point !!!

5 minutes later and Alihan to the rescue when he made a timely interception when a Fener attacker was shaping to shoot in a dangerous position.

25 minutes gone and Michalak should have added another when he was put through with a defence splitting pass but he shot straight at Altay when it seemed easier to score.

Approaching half time and Rodrigues took a free kick just outside the box on the left but his shot was well over.

So, a good first half with Saba causing problems on the right and some great passes from midfield to him.     Lots of reasons to be encouraged for the 2nd half.

5 minutes into the 2nd half and the one big scare of the match when Alihan headed into his own goal from a cross on the left.    Oooooos and Aaaaaaaas from all around, but ......... the referee (God bless him !!!) raised his arm for a free kick to Ankaragucu.    I suspect that Alihan was pushed which made him connect with the ball accidentally.     Relief all round and Ankaragucu continued to harry and chase every ball.

3 minutes later and it was Rodrigues who had a great chance to add a 2nd when a peach of a pass was made to him on the half way line from deep in defence.    Off he went with Fener defenders chasing him, but unfortunately he doesn’t have Saba’s speed and he was dispossessed near the penalty area.

He had another chance 3 minutes later but shot well over.

However, his moment came in the 74th minute when another fast attack came down the left wing.    The cut-back cross was sent to him just outside the box which he collected, brought under control, and fired in an unstoppable shot to the top right to send us all delirious !!

It was just a question of hanging on for the final 15 minutes and playing out the match for an historic victory.

However, Fener tried to spoil the party .........and failed .......... by scoring a consolation goal with the last kick of the match 6 minutes into time added on.

The celebrations were not to be denied and Damon and I had a mini party on arrival back in Kizilay !!!

This win moves Ankaragucu out of the relegation zone for the time being and only 7 points behind mid-table Antep.    With the fighting spirit and will to win displayed by the team last night we can be optimistic of moving further up the table in the weeks ahead.

Next Sunday is the Ankara Derby with Genclerbirligi the home team.   So, it is unclear if we will be only allowed into the small away section or if Gencler will agree to offer more areas to Ankaragucu.     Details here in the comments section and Nadeem’s preview when they are known.

Well done Ankaragucu !!!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Ankaragücü vs Fenerbahce match preview!



Eryaman Stadiums home section has sold out for Saturday nights game with Fenerbahce who are also expected to sell out their allocation. A huge game for both clubs win Ankaragücü fighting relegation while Fenerbahce are still in the mix for the Championship.

Ankaragücü will go into the match with confidence after picking 4 points up in their last 2 games and  will be hoping the home advantage and atmosphere can work in their favour. The 1-0 win at Yeni Malatyaspor has given Ankaragücü a lifeline in their fight for survival, but they will have to find the next level in performance of they are to take anything from the game on Saturday.

Ilhan Parlak and Oscar Scarione came in for a bit of criticism last week with their performances especially Ilhan on the ball. Konrad Michalak came on for Ilhan in the 2nd half and instantly changed the game with his speed and dribbling skills and it would be a surprise if he didn’t take the place of Ilhan in the team. Michal Pazdan could also return to the team after illness although Alihan played very well in his absence last week.

Daniel Lukasik was man of the match last weekend in Malatya with an excellent performance in the middle of the park. His work rate and energy drove Ankaragücü forward while being able to retain possession which has often been a problem for the team this season. Gerson Rodrigues has shown flashes of brilliance and then trying to hard to make everything look fancy, he can be a key player for the club but needs to concentrate on doing the basics first.

Fenerbahce won 2-1 in Istanbul earlier in the season, but the big talking point from the game was some of the decisions that went against Ankaragücü. Dever Orgill gave Ankaragücü the lead but Fenerbahce got back into the match through Zanka from a corner which should have been a goal kick to Ankaragücü. There were some other dodgy decisions that went Fenerbahce way that day too. The Istanbul side have been of late putting out statements on a weekly basis about decisions that are going against them, which has also resulted in Ankaragücü putting out a statement saying they don’t want to be disadvantaged by referees feeling under pressure to give Fenerbahce decisions.

Fenerbahce will be without Garry Rodrigues through injury but still have plenty of quality in the team including the brilliant Vedat Muriqi and Max Kruse who will be the main dangermen. If Ankaragücü can keep those two quiet they have a chance of taking something from the game.

Some news from off field this week. President Fatih Mert has lifted the 5% members quota and will now allow all Ankaragucu to be members of the club which is a historical day for the club. Also the debt has been reduced to around £32 Million pounds. At last we are seeing some transparency and it’s all thanks to having Ankaragücü fans running the club.

The Kanka group will all be in attendance at the game on Saturday and Jim will have his match report on Sunday. Saldir Ankaragücü!!!

Sunday, February 09, 2020

GENCLERBIRLIGI ALMOST PUT THE SHUTTERS UP AGAINST LEAGUE LEADERS !



Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

Gencler conceded two late goals yesterday to new league leaders Trabzon and have now lost 10 matches which keeps them stuck in the dangerous relegation battle.

GENCLERBIRLIGI      0           Trabzonspor       2

Team – Nordfeldt, Erdem, Flavio, Toure, Halil, Yasin, Baiano, Candeias, Sessegnon, Sefa and Nadir

Substitutes – Ahmet, Seuntjens and Sio

Trabzon won a penalty with 10 minutes of the match remaining which was despatched by Sosa, and with 7 minutes left, the match was put to bed by Nwakaeme.

Trabzon’s top goal scorer, Sorloth, was shown a straight red card deep into time added on.

So, the relegation battle continues with 6 teams at the bottom who are realistically in the fight.   Kayseri is looking doomed, but 2nd bottom Kasimpasa is only 5 points behind Gencler.

As I’ve said many times, it doesn’t get any easier in this league, with Gencler travelling to 3rd top Alanya next Sunday.

There will probably be a new league leader later today when Sivas and Basaksehir go head to head, but both Ankara teams are only focused on the bottom positions !

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Friday, February 07, 2020

Yeni Malatyaspor 0-1 Ankaragücü match report!




Ankaragücü won their first game in 16 outings since they beat Genclerbirligi in the derby back in September after a 1-0 win in Malatya. Hopefully this is the turning point and the team can kick on and avoid the drop.

Michal Pazdan was ruled out with sickness and replaced with Alihan Kubalas while Ricardo Freidrich made his debut in goal for the injured Korcan. There were also a surprise couple of starters in the team as Ilhan and Scarione were both in the starting 11.

Team - Ricardo, Kitsiou, Kulusic, Alihan, Pinto, Lukasik, Scarione, Saba, Ilhan, Rodrigues, Orgill

Subs - Yigit, Michalak, Atilla, Rivas, Sedat, Orkan, Cebrail, Aydin, Stanojevic, Fatih

Ankaragücü were looking to win the ball high up the pitch with Ilhan and Orgill pressing the defence. That resulted in an early chance for Orgill on the 5th minute but Farnolle made a good save.

At the other end Kjartansson had a chance but his shot was deflected with by Alihan who threw his body in the way of the ball.

Malatyaspor were having the majority of possession but not creating anything of note. At the other end Orgill and Rodrigues were wasteful and some of their touches and link up play was very poor, while Ilhan was anonymous.

Rodrigues went on a run from his own half midway through the first half as he beat Mina on the half way line before going through on goal but his shot was deflected wide.

Just before half time Chaalali had a shot on goal easily saved, before Ricardo also made an excellent save from Kjartansson after a poor back pass by Scarione.

A poor first half performance from Ankaragücü with a severe lack of quality from any of the midfield and attack. Only Lukasik was given pass marks in the first half along with the defence and Ricardo.

Half Time

Early into the second half Lukasik played through a great ball for Orgill but Mustafa Akbas handled the ball and was the last man resulting in a red card. Ankaragücü were still poor in possession with the man advantage and it was Malatyaspor who almost took the lead as former Ankaragucu man Umut Bulut saw his shot deflected wide.

A few minutes later Ankaragücü had a good counter attack with Saba finding Rodrigues but his shot was straight at Farnolle. Next up was Dever Orgill who saw his shot from the edge of the box well saved again by Farnolle.

Konrad Michalak came on for Ilhan Parlak and made an instant impact as he squared the ball to Rodrigues who then played in Orgill who fired from the edge of the box into the bottom corner making it 0-1 Ankaragücü. Great goal.

A couple of minutes later Saba Lobjanidze had a chance but his shot was saved by Farnolle. At the other end Chaalali saw his free kick deflected just over.

Former Ankaragücü winger Thievy Bifouma was trying to get his side back into the game and almost did just that on the 78th minute but his shot came back off the post.

Four minutes later Saba was put though on goal but Farnolle made another good save. Ankaragücü were pushing for that 2nd and another excellent move saw Atilla cut the ball back for Rodrigues who then saw his shot come back off the bar.

In the last minute Stelios Kitsiou should have finished the game off with another golden chance but somehow dragged his shot wide. Ankaragücü did however hang on for the win much to the delight of the squad and fans which will hopefully give them confidence.

Next up is Fenerbahce next Saturday night at home. Another tough game but with a full stadium maybe we can cause an upset.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Yeni Malatyaspor vs Ankaragücü match preview!




Ankaragücü are back in action on Friday night as they travel to Yeni Malatyaspor who after a good start are also finding themselves dragged into the relegation battle. With a tough run of games coming up this is a must win match for Ankaragücü after managing only a 1-1 draw against Kasimpasa on Sunday.

Despite the draw there was a lot to be encouraged about with news signings Gerson Rodrigues, Daniel Lukasik, Saba Lobjanidze and Michal Konrad all impressing. Ankaragücü will also have Milos Stanojevic, Gelmin Rivas and Cebrail Karayel back on Friday night which will further strengthen the squad.

Mustafa Resit Akcay has a tough job on his hands trying to integrate 15 new players into the squad and doesn’t have the luxury of time on his hands as the team need to start winning from Friday. Oscar Scarione was given his 2nd start of the season last week but failed to grab his opportunity and their have been calls for Tito Canteros to return to the side.

Yeni Malatyaspor  have only won 1 of their last 10 games and that was a 2-0 win at Besiktas. They also lost key players Adis Jahovic to Antalyaspor and Guilherme to Trabzonspor in the January transfer window, while sacking their manager Sergen Yalcin who has now taken over as Besiktas manager.

They did however bring in Burundi winger Youssouf Ndayishimye and former Ankaragücü striker Umut Bulut, neither are of the quality of the players they let go though. Thievy Bifouma Another Former Ankaragücü player will be key for Malatyaspor in this match with his pace and skill enough to cause any defender in the Super Lig problems.

Kamel Ozdas will be hoping for a repeat of the performance in Ankara where Yeni Malatyaspor ran out 4-0 winners.

This game should be a lot closer between the two sides this time and Ankaragücü might just fancy their chances if they can keep it tight at the back and take advantage of the low confidence levels at Malatyaspor.

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Ankaragücü 1-1 Kasimpasa match report!




The new signings couldn’t quite do enough to earn Ankaragücü all 3 points in the relegation battle against Kasimpasa. There were some impressive debuts from Gerson Rodrigues and Saba Lobjanidze in particular but still a few places in the team in midfield and attack where the team lacked quality today.

Team - Korcan, Kitsiou, Pazdan, Kulusic, Pinto, Sedat, Lukasik, Rodrigues, Scarione, Saba, Orgill

Subs - Ricardo, Ilhan, Faty, Michalak, Mahmut, Orkan, Ender, Aydin, Fatih, Atila

Mustafa Resit Akcay gave 3 starting debuts with Rodrigues, Lukasik and Saba all making their first appearance in Sari Lacivert. There was also a surprise start for Oscar Scarione who failed to grab his chance in the game and will almost certainly drop out next week against Malatyaspor.

Kasimpasa started the brighter and took the lead after only 7 minutes in front of a near full Eryaman crowd. A brilliant cross from Haddadi on the left hand side was brilliantly headed past Korcan in the Ankaragücü goal to make it 1-0 to the visitors.

The Istanbul side doubled their lead minutes later but VAR correctly ruled it out for offside. Another great ball into the box headed by Thiam but Korcan made an outstanding save. Thiam then scored from the rebound but was offside.

Gerson Rodrigues sparked Ankaragücü into life and almost got them level as he cut inside his man in the box before firing his shot at goal but Ozturk made a good save.

Sedat then saw his long range effort go just over the bar as Ankaragücü kept the pressure on Kasimpasa.

Just before half time Ankaragücü nearly drew level after a brilliant move from Saba Lobjanidze and Dever Orgill but Saba saw his shot hit the post as he looked for that debut goal.

Half Time

Into the second half and Saba hit the post again. A brilliant ball from Gerson Rodrigues and Saba hit the ball first time but his shot came back off the post. Dever Orgill was then on hand to pick up the lose ball and cut inside his man in the box and was brought down for a penalty after the referee consulted VAR. Up stepped Rodrigues who fired the ball into the top corner and make it 1-1.

Ricardo Quaresma had a late free kick brilliantly saved by Korcan before Ilhan at the other end had a great chance to win the game for Ankaragücü but he somehow fired his shot high and wide.

Full time ended in a 1-1 draw which is disappointing for Ankaragücü as these are the games you need to win. But there were some positive signs today and with Cebrail, Milos and Rivas all back next week the team will be stronger for the game against Yeni Malatyaspor.

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Ankaragücü vs Kasimpasa match preview!



Ankaragücü host fellow relegation candidates Kasimpasa tomorrow afternoon in a 6 pointer and must win match if the team want to avoid the drop. The club were given a massive boost yesterday with 15 new players on transfer deadline day and the fans are eager to see the new faces in action starting with tomorrow’s game at Eryaman.

Mustafa Resit Akcay will take control of the team for his first match after he was appointed the clubs new manager midweek. It will be interesting to see how the team lines up and what system he will play with so many new players.

Although the new players will give Ankaragücü the chance of avoiding the drop, it’s always difficult when you sign so many players from different countries and try and get them to gel and adapt quickly. Unfortunately they won’t get time to settle and will need to hit the ground running. Mustafa Kaplan was successful last January when he also brought in multiple players on the last day of the window.

Despite playing the first half of the season with a transfer ban and the weakest squad in the Super Lig, Ankaragücü managed to keep their relegation hopes alive with spirited performances each week and every player worked their socks off for the jersey. If the new players continue that same work rate and effort then the team have a great chance of staying up.

Thiago Pinto, Michal Pazdan, Stelios Kitsiou, Ante Kulusic and Dever Orgill will also be boosted with the arrival of new players as the first 4 in particular have had good seasons and don’t deserve to be playing at the foot of the table.

Kasimpasa will be hoping they can come to the Capital and take all 3 points back to Istanbul. They have the quality in attack with Ricardo Quaresma, Bengali Fode Koita and Mamadou Thiam but struggle defensively and concede a lot of goals.

Ankaragücü won 1-0 the last time the two sides met earlier in the season and will be hoping to complete the double tomorrow afternoon.

Let’s hope we are reporting 3 points tomorrow for Ankaragücü and the start of a winning run as we look to avoid relegation.