Sunday, February 05, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler’s resurgence is not a fluke   !       Over the past few weeks they have dragged themselves off the bottom of the league and are now only 2 points below the safety net.


They saw-off the challenge of Goztepe today and fully deserved their slim, but important  victory.


Of course, sterner tests await in the weeks ahead, but for now the players confidence is high and they can only take one match at a time to climb out of the relegation zone.


GENCLERBIRLIGI               1                      Goztepe           0


Team – Nurullah, Ugur, Alperen, Thomas, Abdullah, Erkan, Enes, Jaime, Mete, Moha and Gabriel


Substitutes – Tiago, Souleymane, Altiparkak and Ozkan


The match was a typical end-to-end affair until the 25th minute when Gencler scored the all important goal.


A fast passing movement on the left and the ball was played into the centre where Ugur was waiting on the 18 yard line .......... and unmarked.     He picked his spot as all the Goztepe defenders rushed out to close him down, but too late, and he shot high into the right.


Gencler should have scored two more before the break, but the Goztepe goalkeeper pulled off two outstanding saves as the half time whistle beckoned.


Not much to report about the 2nd half except to say that Goztepe never really looked like snatching the equaliser with their continuing habit of pumping balls into the centre from mid-field and the wings.      However, the Gencler defence was never really stretched.


Near the end in time added on, Goztepe’s only real chance of grabbing the equaliser was well saved by Nurullah who pushed a header round the post.


So, another good chance for 3 points arises next Saturday when Gencler visit mid-table Tuzla.     Win this one and Gencler can start to exert pressure on the clubs in the bottom half of the league.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Why is it a sad day   ?


Well, it’s not just about the score yesterday, which will be discussed later, but about the complicated politics within our great Club which have resurfaced to put the Club into free-fall for the time being.       And .......... what an inspired time to force our great Coach, Omer Erdogan, to resign when our Club is in the process of trying to consolidated their position in The Super League   !!!


As I said, it is a complicated situation, and perhaps it is best if I give you a quote from Scouse Kanka Marcus and Bellshill Kanka Nady who have between them put it in a nut shell .............


I don’t blame Erdogan.    Faruk Koca, Club President, has landed us enough sh?? players, we had to get rid of 11 of them.    He and his ‘assistant’, Emre Yildiz, are to blame.   This is incredible .....Faruk Koca said he will wait to appoint a new Coach because he wants to sign players first.    The reason Erdogan resigned was because he didn’t get the players he wanted, and they instead signed players from Faruk’s agent friends.    He will now sign players and when the new manager comes in he won’t have a say in the matter.      Unquote


Of course, we don’t know the exact details of all this, but the bottom line is that our great Coach, Omer Erdogan, has felt that his position was untenable and therefore had no option but to resign.


A really sad day which brings back memories of the resignation of Ersun Yanal in the early 2000s in a similar situation.      Omer Bey will be a huge loss for Ankaragucu but all of us kankas wish him well in his future  Club whichever one is fortunate enough to appoint him.


Back to yesterday’s match and Ankaragucu can have no excuses for losing a great opportunity of moving into mid-table after a host of chances were missed.     Ankaragucu has instead slipped and is now only one point above the relegation zone   !!


ANKARAGUCU           0                       Fatih Karagumruk             2


Team – Gokhan, Firatcan, Radakovic, Mujakic, Marlon, Diack, Taylan, Emre, Pedrinho, Giorgi and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Andrej, Yasin, Zadid and Bevic


It was mostly all Ankaragucu for the first 30 minutes of the match as they attacked Karagumruk relentlessly.    I lost count of the shots that were fired over or past the post or chances missed from crosses into the box.


Even the award of a penalty on the half hour mark was scorned   !!!


It was a great pass from Ali to Giorgi who drove into the box and was tripped as he was lining up to shoot.     The referee pointed to the spot immediately, but then after being surrounded by Karagumruk players, he crumbled and went to check the VAR screen.    He eventually returned and pointed to the spot again ......... quite rightly so   !!


Up stepped Pedrinho who sent his shot high up into Gecikondu ............. a certain 3 points in a  Rugby match   !!!       It must rank as one of the worst penalty kicks I have ever witnessed.......aaaargh ............. and a golden opportunity wasted   !!!


From this point, Ankaragucu seemed to lose their way and Karagumruk started to look dangerous, especially down the right wing where their No10 was giving the Ankaragucu defence a torrid time.


.Karagumruk hit the post with a shot and then the all important first goal came just before the half time whistle.     A fast break by Karagumruk with the Ankaragucu defence caught napping, and the ball was bundled in by Diagne for a scrappy goal.


However, the goal certainly lifted Karagumruk’s spirits as they returned for the 2nd half and took the .match to Ankaragucu.    To be fair to Ankaragucu, they kept searching for the equaliser, but only the industrious Ali Sowe and Taylan seemed to know what to do with the ball  !!


The 2nd goal arrived half way through the 2nd half and I have to be honest and say that it didn’t surprise me.    A Karagumruk attack on the right was halted on the goal line just inside the box when the attacker was deemed to have been tripped.    A silly place to concede a penalty when there was no apparent danger   !!!    The referee again pointed to the spot but on this occasion chose not to consult VAR   !!


Borini gave Pedrinho a lesson in the art of taking penalty kicks by despatching the ball low inside the right post.


Approaching the final whistle and there was only time left for the one serious attempt on the Karagumruk goal when Ali’s goal bound shot was brilliantly saved by the goalkeeper for a corner.


I should mention Battle Damaged Kanka Damon’s quote during the match ............


In the first half Ankaragucu was giving Karagumruk free rein down the right wing and it was clear that their persistence on that side would pay off, and sure enough it resulted in their first goal.    By the 2nd half, Karagumruk was attacking Ankaragucu freely on both wings and through the midfield.       Unquote.


Ankaragucu will have another mountain to climb on Friday night when they travel to Istanbul to play Besiktas.       It will be interesting to see how the players respond to Omer Bey’s absence this week and on the touchline during the match   !!!


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, January 29, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler is beginning to prove that their recent resurgence isn’t a fluke.


True enough, during the past 2 weeks highflying Bolu and Pendik have flattered to deceive against Gencler, but all credit to the ‘new’ Gencler for taking advantage and starting their serious efforts to avoid relegation.


Of course, there is still a long way to go until the season reaches its conclusion, but this recent improvement in form by Gencler is encouraging.


Last night in the tight and small Pendik Stadium Gencler nicked the all important goal and dealt professionally with Pendik’s efforts to find the equaliser.    The defence was up for it, and Nurullah was definitely my Man of the Match.


It speaks volumes that Pendik had 74% possession and 20 shots on goal without finding that equaliser  !


Pendikspor          0                   GENCLERBIRLIGI         1


Team – Nurullah, Erkan, Thomas, Alperen, Ugur, Tiago, Khadfi, Mete, Abdullah, Gabriel and Jaime


Substitutes – Baris, Altiparmak, Enes, Ozgur and Doukara


It was pretty much end to end and then the match exploded into life in the 13th minute when Jaime was brought down in the box.    He had avoided 2 tackles, but after avoiding the 2nd tackle and about to shoot, Ankaragucu old boy, Erdem, left his leg trailing for Jaime to fall over it.     The referee quite rightly pointed immediately to the spot.


Jaime dusted himself down and sent his shot to the centre with the goalkeeper diving to his left.


It was still end to end, but Pendik came close to finding the equaliser near the half time whistle when a cross came in from the right to the far post, but the attempted header went narrowly past the left post.


Into the 2nd half and after 20 minutes Pendik almost found the equaliser.    A great run down the right and a surge into the box by Kappel who’s goal bound looped shot was well saved by Nurullah.


Heading towards the final whistle and Penik missed another chance when a close range header was sent just past the post.


Pendik laid siege to the Gencler goal in the last 5 minutes and almost found the equaliser in time added on when an attacker was through one on one with Nurullah.    However, Nurullah was a split second quicker to the ball, but his clearance cannoned off the attacker and Nurullah was relieved when the ball went just past the post and out.


Gencler will have another opportunity of climbing further out of the danger area next Sunday at home against mid-table Goztepe.     Gencler is currently 5 points behind the safety net but a win next week would be a great boost for the Club and their long suffering fans.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Ankaragucu missed a golden opportunity to move into the mid-table positions yesterday after failing to beat opposition who should have been brushed aside (at least on paper   !!).


However, once again (as in the Adana Demirspor match) they found a goalkeeper, Gunay Guvenc, in inspired form who thwarted Ankaragucu throughout the match.     Ankaragucu had 17 shots on goal and 60% possession   !!


Due to other circumstances both Nady and I were unable to watch the match, but our fellow kankas kept us in touch during the match and with their observations post-match, and a special thanks to our Spanish Kanka Antonio and Kemal Kanka for their comments.


ANKARAGUCU          0                    Gaziantep           2


Team – Gokhan, Atakan, Radakovic, Mujakic, Marlon, Tolga, Diack, Zahid, Taylan, Emre and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Pedrinho, Yasin, Giorgi and Firatcan


Djilobodji scored in the 47th minute and the 2nd was scored by Figueiredo in 7 minutes into time-added-on at the end of the match.


Antonio’s comments are as follows –


Ankaragucu had a one-on-one with Gunay on two occasions during the match and failed both times.


Gunay saved a goal bound header.


Ankaragucu should have had a penalty in the first 10 minutes of the match, but the VAR Assistant didn’t call the referee’s attention to it   !!


Ankaragucu lost their concentration at the beginning of the 2nd half and conceded what was the crucial goal.


Towards the middle of the 2nd half an element of the Ankaragucu supporters vented their fury on Emre and Captain Tolga  (that will do wonders for their confidence........NOT   !!!).


The 2nd goal in time added on was the result of a breakaway by Antep with Ankaragucu searching for the equaliser.


Thanks again Antonio   !


Also, a quote from Kemal Kanka ....... Gunay changed the game   !


So, to the future, and Ankaragucu don’t need to hit the panic button yet, but their position is still perilous sitting in 12th position in the league and only 3 points above the relegation zone.


However, they have another excellent opportunity to climb up the table on Saturday when they will be at home again to Fatih Karagumruk who sit 2 places above Ankaragucu in the league.    


In view of yesterday’s surprise defeat, this will be another of those MUST WIN matches and no excuses can be offered for failure.


Do it Ankaragucu   !!!


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, January 24, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Headline suggested by ....... Oracle Kanka Johnny S   !!


Despite having two key players (Kevin and Diack) absent for various reasons, Ankaragucu pulled out all the stops last night to move into mid-table position in the league.    They may be only 4 points above the relegation zone, but on their performances over the past month, it is unlikely that Ankaragucu will be sucked back into the danger zone.


Ankaragucu made heavy work of going in all square at half time against a Konya team who hit the woodwork in the 1st half and Ankaragucu had Gokhan to thank for making a tremendous save.


However, Ankaragucu moved up a gear in the 2nd half and started to show the intensity and passion that was so evident during the recent Besiktas match.    Their reward was a superb goal crafted by a team high on confidence.


Konyaspor            0                       ANKARAGUCU           1


Team – Gokhan, Atakan, Mujakic, Radakovic, Marlon, Tolga, Pedrinho, Zahid, Tasos, Emre and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Firatcan, Giorgi, Taylan, Yasin and Ariyibi


The first chance of the match fell to Ankaragucu in the 10th minute when Zahid latched onto a defensive mistake and drove into the box.   Unfortunately, his snatched pass to Tasos who was unmarked in the centre was intercepted and the danger cleared.


5 minutes later and Gokhan pulled off the save of the match.     (Ankaragucu old boy) Cekici sent a fierce goal bound shot from a free kick inside the left post which Gokhan somehow reached and turned the ball round the post for a corner.


3 minutes later after more pressure from Konya and a bullet of a shot from outside the box hit the outside of the post and was cleared.


The Ankaragucu defence held firm during the closing stages of the 1st half and us kankas were high on optimism for the 2nd half.


Our optimism wasn’t misplaced   !!!


Only 5 minutes into the 2nd half and Ankaragucu made the break-through and what a classic goal it was too.     Marlon made a break down the left and nearing the goal line looked up and crossed to the far post for Ali.     A measured header was sent into the centre for Zahid to power in an unstoppable shot.


Konya almost snatched an equaliser half way through the 2nd half following a corner, but an attacker’s attempt to connect with the ball was miscued and the danger was cleared.


A few minutes later Ali was brought down just outside the box on the left, but Tolga’s free kick attempt was straight into the Wall and cleared.


Ankaragucu saw-out the remainder of the match, and at the end, the players quite rightly went to the large contingent of Ankaragucu supporters who had made the Monday night journey to Konya to applaud them for their vociferous support throughout the match.


So, onwards and upwards, and Ankaragucu will be at home on Saturday to Gaziantep who are lurking 3 points behind Ankaragucu in the league table.       Confidence is high and I expect another 3 points for Ankaragucu to move further up the table.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Sunday, January 22, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


It has been a long 5 months since Gencler collected 3 points when they beat Bolu on the 20th of August 2022   !!


Does this signal a change in fortunes and a serious attempt to avoid relegation   ?   It is certainly encouraging, but there needs to be a consistent response, because Gencler will not meet many teams who ‘gift’ them 3 goals like Bolu did last night   !!


Bolu’s league position in the Play-Offs Zone flattered them, and one could be excused for thinking that they ‘sold’ the match   !!!


Anyway, the fact remains that Gencler is still stuck at the bottom of the league and 8 points off the safety net with some tricky matches to negotiate in the coming weeks.


GENCLERBIRLIGI           5                   Boluspor               1


Team – Nurullah, Enes, Thomas, Alperen, Erkan, Ugur, Khadfi, Tiago, Mete, Gabriel and Jaime


Substitutes – Baris, Ozgur, Altiparmak, Ozkan and Hayrullah


It was end-to-end for the first 30 minutes with both teams attacking and searching for the opening goal.


Bolu had 2 clear chances.   Firstly from a goal bound shot which Nurullah pushed around the post for a corner and then an attacker put through one-on-one with Nurullah but his weak shot was straight at Nurullah.


Gabriel’s shot from just outside the box was just past the left post and a Bolu defender almost scored an own-goal when his attempted clearance was deflected off his colleague for a corner.


Then on the 30th minute mark came what was probably the goal of the match.    Enes near the half way line opened the defence with a great pass to Mete who took the ball to the goal line on the left and sent a classic cut-back to the centre where there were 2 Gencler attackers free.    Ugur was first to react and sent his header in for a well constructed goal.


3 minutes later and some diabolical defending by Bolu gifted the 2nd goal to Gencler.    Mete was allowed to waltz around the penalty box avoiding 4 or 5 attempted tackles and a deflection from one of the tackles fell kindly for Gabriel who’s shot squirmed under the goalkeeper, who I may add was too far off his line.


Approaching half time and another calamity in the Bolu defence.     A defender not under any pressure around the half way line gave the ball away straight to Mete.    He probably couldn’t believe his luck and surged forward into the box.    The goalkeeper and a defender rushed forward to tackle Mete together but got themselves in a tangle which allowed Mete to continue his run forward and stroke the ball into an empty net.    


Into the 2nd half and Bolu looked shell-shocked after falling behind 3-0, and things didn’t improve for them.


15 minutes in and it was almost 4 but a goal bound shot was saved at the 2nd attempt and then 5 minutes later a Gencler free kick just outside the box was saved.


At the other end Nurullah saved a goal bound shot heading inside the left post.


5 minutes later and yet another defensive blunder by Bolu.     A defender was caught dithering and was forced into a slack back-pass which was nicked by Enes who surged forward and crossed into the box for Altiparmak to shoot in with the goalkeeper helpless.


10 minutes later it was almost 5 when Enes dispossessed a Bolu player so easily and drove into the box but his shot was just past the post.


Then against the run of play with 5 minutes to go, Bolu scored a consolation goal when Safa was put through from the half way line and he outpaced the defence to shoot inside the right post.


Straight from the kick off Gencler restored their 4 goal advantage when there was a fast break on the left and the ball played inside to Baris who shot inside the left post.


So, yes, it was a comprehensive win for Gencler who will no doubt savour a rare victory, but they will never encounter another team who’s defence was in such a generous frame of mind.     The Bolu Coach will have a mega job on his hands this week to lift morale in his team.


Gencler will be in action again next Saturday 28th January when they visit 4th top of the league Pendik in yet another of those ‘difficult’ matches.     Their small compact stadium will surely focus Gencler minds   !!


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Thursday, January 19, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


(Headline suggested by Battle Damaged Kanka Damon .....and so appropriate   !!)


Ankaragucu progressed into the Quarter Finals of The Turkish Cup last night when they gave a disciplined and professional performance, and were more than a match for pre-match favourites, Besiktas.      More performances like this and Ankaragucu will be saying goodbye to the lower reaches of the Super League  !


With the match heading into Extra Time, Ankaragucu could have been excused for flagging, but amazingly they kept searching for the winning goal.


Then it was into the dreaded penalties pantomime and the tension was clear to see on the faces of the players and Coaches.    Ankaragucu kept their nerve and all four penalties were despatched with precision, while Gokhan put up the shutters to deny Besiktas and send all of us long suffering Ankaragucu fans into raptures.


Without resorting to Google, it has been many years since Ankaragucu reached this stage of The Turkish Cup and they need fear no team when the draw is made for the Quarter Finals   !!


ANKARAGUCU            1                Besiktas             1

(After Extra Time)

Ankaragucu win 4-3 on penalties


Team – Gokhan, Kevin, Atakan, Radakovic, Marlon, Tolga, Diack, Zahid, Emre, Tasos and Ali Sowe


Substitutes – Giorgi, Pedrinho, Firatcan and Yasin


Omer Bey started with an attacking formation and that’s exactly how Ankaragucu approached the match.


However, they were almost caught-out in the first minute of the match when a weak back-header presented a chance for Besiktas, but Gokhan was a split-second ahead of the attacker and cleared the danger.


2 minutes later and Ankaragucu had the ball in the net, but the Linesman’s flag was up for offside which was the correct decision.


10 minutes later Ankaragucu made no mistake with a superb constructed goal when Tasos crossed from the left to Emre on the right.    Emre’s measured side-footed pass was straight to Ali in the centre and he stroked the ball in for the opening goal.


It was mostly all Ankaragucu until the half time whistle and they really should have put the match to bed.


Emre almost scored the 2nd on the 20th minute mark when his goal bound shot from the right was heading inside the left post, but it was well saved for a corner.


10 minutes later and another chance was passed-up when Emre with some fine footwork sent in an inviting cross to Ali in the 6 yard box, but amazingly he blasted the ball over the bar.


A few minutes later and another chance was spurned after great work by Kevin on the right.    He crossed for Tasos on the left, but the ball took a slight deflection off a defender and Tasos miscued the ball and it went out of play.


On the balance of play in the 2nd half it is probably true to say that Besiktas deserved their equaliser, and Gokhan no doubt deserved my Man of the Match award   !!


However, Ankaragucu had another chance to grab the 2nd goal a few minutes into the 2nd half when Atakan sent his header just past the top right.


15 minutes later and Atakan was floored by a hand or arm by a Besiktas player after the ball had moved on.    The referee pulled out the RED card immediately but after strong protests by the Besiktas players, he consulted the VAR, returned to the field of play and cancelled the RED and produced a Yellow.     I’m not 100% sure of exactly what happened at the incident, but it does seem to me that the referee may have been put under pressure to rescind the RED card.     There is sure to be divided opinion on this incident   !!!


Approaching the half way stage of the 2nd half and Gokhan made a crucial save from a goal bound shot.     But ............ 5 minutes later and the equaliser, and unfortunately Cenk was not picked-up as he drifted into the far post area.    The free kick from the right was only parried by Gokhan and Cenk was on hand to score an easy goal.


Some teams would have succumbed to Besiktas pressure at this point, but Ankaragucu continued to defend stoutly and attack when possible.    It is quite obvious that Omer Bey has the Ankaragucu players fighting for the badge on their shirts   !!!


With 10 minutes to go another weak back-pass by an Ankaragucu defender almost gifted Besiktas the winning goal, but Gokhan came to the rescue and cleared the danger.


Extra time was played with both teams obvious to the danger of conceding.     Gokhan made another save from a header going inside the right post, and then Firatcan made a goal line clearance sending the ball over the bar for a corner.


End of the match and into Penalties to decide the winner   !!


All 4 of Ankaragucu’s penalty takers (Tolga, Ali, Marlon and Pedrinho) kept their nerve and sent 4 excellent penalties in.


Gokhan saved Besiktas’s 2nd penalty which had to be retaken when the Linesman indicated that Gokhan had strayed off his line.     Amazingly, he also saved the 2nd attempt   !!     Then when Gokhan saved the 5th penalty it was all over   !!!


We were all leaping around The Bira Park Bar high fiving and singing.     Also, the fans in the Stadium were going mental   !!!


A great night to be an Ankaragucu Supporter. !!!


Onwards and upwards, and Ankaragucu travel to Konya on Monday on Super League business.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim