Thursday, March 09, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


If Gencler is seriously considering escaping from the relegation zone, then they will need a huge improvement for the upcoming fixtures, especially the next one against Samsun who is in a race to be crowned Champıons with some previously lower league teams such as .......... Eyup, Pendik Keciorengucu and Bodrum   !!!


The wind of change continues to blow through Turkish football with once successful teams like .........Bursa, Karsiyaka and Eskisehir (to name but 3) languishing in the lower leagues.


It was a tense and nervy match last night with both relegation candidates unwilling to concede the first important goal.


GENCLERBIRLIGI           0                      Denizlispor               0


Team – Nurullah, Ugur, Alperen, Thomas, Yasin, Tiago, Ivan, Erkan, Mete Kaan, Khadfi and Jaime


Substitutes – Enes, Souleymane, Gabriel and Sekou


Unfortunately, there was nothing of note to report in the 1st half with both goalkeepers untroubled with any serious goal scoring attempts.     I said to myself at this point ............ the 1st goal should seal this match   !!


The only real chance of the match fell to Gencler shortly after the resumption when a shot by Erkan just outside the box, heading for the top left, was well saved by the goalkeeper.


Half way through the 2nd half Gencler had another half chance, but after a defensive blunder by Denizli, Jaime’s poor cross into the box was intercepted and cleared.


Then, Denizli had a reasonable call for a penalty after 2 consecutive ‘apparent’ fouls in the Gencler box, but the appeals were waved away by the referee.     If he had checked VAR, it may have been a different story   !!


There is no change at the bottom of the league with 5 teams still in the relegation mix.    Bottom Club Malatya will not be relegated due to their removal from fixtures after the earthquakes.    More pressure for the 5 Club to deal with   !!!


So, as I said earlier, Gencler’s next match is at home to Samsun on Saturday 18 March which will be a tricky one for them to negotiate, unless a vast improvement occurs   !


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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