Sunday, July 05, 2020


Greetings Kankas and Kankies.

With only 4 matches left to avoid relegation, there is little or no hope left for Ankaragucu to remain in the Super League next season.     However, some supporters may still dream of a miracle in the next 3 weeks, and of course, it is still mathematically possible to stay up, but for the realists among us, the door slammed shut last night in Ankara  !!

ANKARAGUCU      1                  Alanyaspor       4

Team – Ricardo, Atila, Pazdan, Kulusic, Kitsiou, Faty, Pinto, Lukasik, Saba, Michalak, and Orgill

Unfortunately, Scarione is injured and our playmaker was sorely missed last night  !

Ricardo was in fine form to deny Alanya in the 1st half, but Ankaragucu had a golden opportunity to go in 1-0 up at half time when Ankaragucu was awarded a penalty just before the break when Orgill was brought down in the box.

Orgill took the penalty and his shot to the left was easily saved.    How to score from a penalty was ably demonstrated by Alanya’s Bakasetas in the 2nd half with a ferocious shot to the right which gave Ricardo no chance.

I must admit to having high hopes for Orgill this season, but I very much doubt if he will be around next season  !!     After all, a strike rate of 4 goals in a season is an unacceptable statistic for a supposed striker  !!

Ankaragucu paid for their profligacy with the impressive Cisse opening the flood gates in the 64th minute, and 2 minutes later it was all over when Bulut added the 2nd.

The penalty which I mentioned followed 10 minutes later, before substitute Rivas scored for Ankaragucu.   Fernandes put the nail into Ankaragucu’s coffin just before the final whistle.

So, Ankaragucu remain the team propping up the league on 25 points.   The 3 teams above them all play tonight and could possibly isolate Ankaragucu even further.

The Konya v Rize match has a draw written all over it, while improving Kayseri has the wherewithal to cause an upset when they host Beshiktrash.

As for Ankaragucu, the summit is beyond them now.   It looks like the slide downhill to The Championship League with a visit to Goztepe on Wednesday, followed by a home match against Galata.....spit.....saray next Sunday.

Sad to say, I have cancelled my new order of optimism pills  !!!

All the best from Eski Kanka Jim


  1. Anonymous7:24 pm

    Thank you very much for the report, Jimmy.

    I'm afraid that the penaly missed by Orgill will be seen as the defining moment of the season.

    Vitória Kanka

    1. Thanks Miguel, and unfortunately you may well be right. Probably, like me, you are not looking forward to tomorrow night !! If we don't win all 3 points we will be firmly rooted to the bottom.

      Kayseri are doing what we should have been doing !!!