Greetings Kankas and Kankies.
Ankaragucu avoided defeat last night on their return to The Super League against last season’s surprise package, Konyaspor, who finished 3rd top of the league.
However, it could so easily have been all 3 points instead of one had they taken their genuine chances, especially in the 1st half.
Ankaragucu’s build up play was impressive at times and this bodes well for the future.
Pedrinho and Zahid in midfield were immense and should be the first names on the team sheet in the upcoming matches. Also, Abdullah, given the captain’s armband, responded to the challenge and put in a good shift in defence and in supporting midfield. Another player who impressed was Marlon who was solid at the back.
Taking everything into consideration, we can be optimistic that there is more to come from this team who made it clear last night that they are not in The Super League to just make up the numbers. The future looks bright !!
With the kick-off at the outrageous time of 9.45pm, the kankas met-up in The Bira Park Bar in the upstairs ‘Kanka Suite’ !!
ANKARAGUCU 0 Konyaspor 0
Team – Bahadir, Oguz, Atakan, Mujakic, Marlon, Abdullah, Pedrinho, Zahid, Tasos, Beridze and Macheda
Substitutes – Jese, Ali Sowe, Ariyibi, Ali Kaan and Diack
Ankaragucu will rue their missed chances in the 1st half, especially the one in the 9th minute when Zahid pounced on a Konya defensive cock-up to feed the ball to the unmarked Tasos who had a clear opening inside the box but screwed his shot wide of the right post.
9 minutes later and Marlon had another half chance but his goal bound shot was saved just inside the left post.
Approaching half time and some really excellent build-up play by Ankaragucu resulted in yet another good save from the goalkeeper just inside the right post.
Konya came out for the 2nd half all fired up and had 2 good chances to score within the opening 7 minutes but on both occasions the striker’s headers went just past the post.
Ankaragucu continued to look the likelier team to open the scoring and their persistence almost paid off with Ali Kaan and Ali Sowe having opportunities, but the Konya goalkeeper was having a good match and the clock ran down to the final whistle.
It is worth noting that although Ankaragucu and Konya had about equal possession during the match, Konya didn’t put one shot on target which should be a pleasing statistic for the Ankaragucu defence !!
Next Sunday 14th August, Ankaragucu will be away at Gaziantep at the sensible KO time of 7.15pm !
As always, watch this space for the outcome.
All the best from Eski Kanka Jim