Monday, September 25, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


I was only able to watch the 1st half last night due to a clash of KO times with the Ankaragucu match.    Therefore, this report will be sketchy.


Gencler more or less shot themselves in the foot with TWO red cards against a very efficient team vying for promotion to the super league this season.


No surprise therefore that Gencler only had one shot on target in the entire match as opposed to the opposition who had 9   !!


Bandirmaspor          4                    GENCLERBIRLIGI              1


Team – Cetin, Wu, Babacan, Nzaba, Yasin, Enes, Cagiran, Kayode, Amilton, M. Yatabare and Erturk


Substitutes – Demir, Rodrigues, Cek, Karakullukcu and Akabueze


It started to go pear-shaped for Gencler as early as the 8th minute when a cross came in from the right with the ball being deflected by a defender straight to Djitte who headed in at the far post with Cetin out of position and unable to make an attempted save.


7 minutes later and Gencler was down to 10 men when Wu made a studs-up challenge on a Bandirma player.    The referee immediately produced a yellow card, but was called to the VAR screen before the free kick was taken.    He then returned to the field of play and showed a RED card to Wu who can have no complaint at the decision.


5 minutes into time added on in the first half and Bandirma snatched the 2nd.   From a free kick on the right, the ball was curled into a crowded box and Davas was first to it to send a bullet of a header past Cetin.


The 2nd half was only 10 minutes old when Nzaba was shown a RED card.


Bandirma then added to their score in the 60th minute through Davas and then added a 4th 10 minutes later through Bobadilla.


Amilton scored a consolation penalty goal for Gencler.


On the back of this result Gencler slip from 3rd in the league to 8th and their bright start to the season is now a dim memory   !!


Next up for Gencler is a home match next Saturday against 5th top Manisa and another chance for Gencler to put their season back on track.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim



Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Ankaragucu made the perfect start to the match last night when they went ahead almost from the kick off, but they failed to capitalise to put Konyaspor under any serious pressure to build on their opening goal and put the match beyond Konya.


In Ali Sowe’s absence (injured), it is apparent just how valuable he is to the team.   His predatory skills, frequent tracking back to support the defence, and ........of course ......his goals, have been sorely missed   !


Despite the fact that Bajic scored the only goal last night, it doesn’t disguise the fact that he just does not have the ability to worry defenders, especially when playing as ‘The Lone Ranger’ up front   !!      Time will tell if he can prove me wrong.


The match was fairly evenly balanced and that is borne out by the statistic that both teams had only one shot on target in the entire match.


ANKARAGUCU            1                 Konyaspor            1


Team – Bahadir, Kitsou, Radakovic, Mujakic, Hanousek, Dokanovic, Turkmen, Morutan, Bekiroglu, Rodrigues and Bajic


Substitutes – Pedrinho, Renaldo, Guneren, Macheda and Bilazer


The first goal arrived in the 2nd minute from a fast break down the left wing.     Hanousek sent in a perfect cross into the box for Bajic to make contact before the defender alongside him.   Great start and the kankas at this stage were in optimistic mode for more to come.


However, that was not to be as Konya came more into the match, and they found the equaliser approaching the half hour mark.   From a fast attack on the left, the ball was crossed into the box which eluded the attackers and defenders, and behind them completely unmarked was the lurking Oguz who swept the ball in with Bahadir helpless.


Not much to say about the 2nd half except an Ankaragucu claim for a penalty with 10 minutes of the match remaining.    Hanousek sent in an inviting cross from the left which was cleared for a corner, but in doing so, a defender had used his arm and the referee pointed to the penalty spot.     However, the defender claimed that he had used his chest and a VAR check was made.     Result ......... no penalty   !!!


Having watched the replay, it looked to me like he had used his forearm   !!!


So, one point, which moves Ankaragucu closer to mid-table .........BUT .........only 3 points above the relegation zone   !!


A huge test awaits Ankaragucu next Saturday when they travel to play 2nd top of the league (and reigning champions) Galatasaray.    


It will be interesting to see what formation Tolunay Bey deploys   ?!


As  always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Sivasspor 1-3 Ankaragucu - Match Report!


I believe its over 20 years since Ankaragucu last won in Sivas before last nights 3-1 victory and the teams first win of the season. It was a tough test for the team as they were without key players Rafal, Mert and Ali Sowe due to injury. 

Team - Bahadir, Kitsiou, Uros, Nihad, Hanousek, Tolga, Djokanovic, Efkan, Morutan, Rodrigues, Bajic

Subs - Dogukan, Alperen, Alper, Atakan, Cem, Tasos, Ali Kaan, Cephas, Macheda. Hayrullah

The first chance of the game came on the 10th minute when Sivas broke down the Ankaragucu right hand side with Njie who cut inside and shot but Bahadir made a good save. 

Seven minutes later another counter attack from Sivas saw Saiz break forward with the ball and shoot from outside the box, Bahadir should have saved but the ball went into the back of  the net to give Sivas the lead. 

Ankaragucu only started playing once Sivas scored, and Hanousek had the first chance but his shot from distance was easily saved by Vural. 

A few minutes later Ankaragucu were back on level terms. A good ball into the box from Hanousek was met by the head of Morutan and the ball went into the back of the net to make it 1-1. 

At the other end Sivas had a chance to take the lead again but Emrah Bassan saw his shot brilliantly saved by Bahadir from point blank range. 

Half Time - 1-1

Sivas almost took the lead straight from kick off as a headed effort came back off the post. 

Then came the turning point in the match on the 58th minute as Clinton Njie was red carded for his second yellow card of the game. 

Ten minutes later Ankaragucu took the lead. Garry Rodrigues laid the ball off to Tolga on the edge of the box who saw his deflected shot go past Vural in the Sivas goal to make it 2-1.

Sivasspor had a could of chances late in the game but Bahadir made 3 good saves, one which lead to a counter attack with Renaldo Cephas who was too quick for the defender before putting the ball into an empty net as Vural had went up the pitch for a corner trying to get Sivas back into the game. 3-1 full time win for Ankaragucu. 

There were some good performances in the Ankaragucu team from Bahadir, Morutan and Djokanovic in particular. I gave Bahadir some stick after the goal was conceded, but credit to him he performed very well afterwards. 

Still a lot of work to be done as it took Sivas going down to 10 men for Ankaragucu to take hold of the game. We need to see a big improvement as the team welcomes Konyaspor to Eryaman stadium on Sunday. 




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Gencler can now be under no illusion how difficult it will be in this league as the season unfolds.    Last Sunday they received a reality check from the league leaders who have won  their opening 5 matches   !


GENCLERBIRLIGI         1                    Eyupspor           3


Team – Cetin, Nzaba, Babacan, Wu, Ugur, S. Yatabare, Enes, Yasin, Erturk, M. Yatabare and Amilton


Substitutes – Cagiran, Kayode, Kemaloglu, Rodrigues and Karakullukcu


I was unable to watch the match so I only have sketchy details.  


Gencler took an early lead in the 3rd minute when Moustapha Yatabare scored.    However, that obviously didn’t unsettle Eyup who found the equaliser 10 minutes later through Bruno.


Kutucu put Eyup ahead 10 mimutes later, and that’s how it stayed until the half time whistle.


Bruno added the 3rd half way through the 2nd half to put the match beyond Gencler.


Gencler Coach. Kaloglu Bey, now has one week to prepare for yet another difficult match away to Bandirma who are lurking one point behind Gencler.


Despite losing against Eyupspor, Gencler retain their 3rd top position in the league, due mainly to 2nd top Manisa drawing away in Giresun (which I predicted might happen last week   !!).


It’s looking very tight in the top half of the league with 6 teams in a position to replace Manisa.    So, everything to play for next Sunday when Gencler travel to Bandirma.


As always, watch this space for the outcome.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Wednesday, September 13, 2023




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


For all you avid Round Ball in Ankara readers, I will be unable to report on Gencler’s match this Sunday when they entertain top of league Eyupspor.


Gencler sit in 3rd top position but only 2 points behind Eyup, so this is more than just a top of the table clash at stake.


2nd top of the league, Manisa, on the same points as Gencler, travel to struggling Giresun but that has all the hallmarks of  a draw   ??!!


I will be having a ‘late summer holiday’ on the south coast and will therefore be unable to watch the Gencler match.   However, I’ll put up a very brief report later next week.


As always, watch this space for news of the Gencler match, and also Ankaragucu’s crucial away match in Sivas on Monday.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

Monday, September 04, 2023

Ankaragucu 0-1 Fenerbahce - Match Report


Faruk Koca made another promise midweek that Ankaragucu would win this match, but in usual fashion his promise failed to come true. The defeat is no shame for Ankaragucu as Fenerbahce are a good team, but Faruk through his Ankaragucu presidency has made so many failed promises and this is another one. 

Team - Rafal, Kitsiou, Uros, Mert, Mujakic, Tolga, Djokanovic, Efkan, Renaldo, Moourtan, Ali Sowe

Subs - Bahadir, Atakan, Hayrullah, Hanousek, Cem, Pedrinho, Ali Kaan, Tasos, Rodrigues, Bajic

A sold out crowd turned up at Eryaman to cheer Ankaragucu on but unfortunately the team gave them nothing to cheer about. 

Fenerbahce dominated the first half but Ankaragucu did well to limit them the amount of chances. Fred and Szymanski both went close from just outside the box. 

At the other end of the pitch, Efkan set up Cephas who saw his shot saved by Irfancan and minutes later Efkan set up Ali Sowe who shot wide when he should have done better. 

Just before half time Edin Dzeko had a great chance for Fenerbahce but he somehow put the ball wide of the post from yards out. 

Into the second half and Fener nearly took the lead through Dzeko within 2 minutes of the restart but for a great save from Rafal. A minute later Tadic had a good chance but his shot went wide. 

Dzeko was at the heart of the action again a few minutes later as he set up Osei Samuel who was left unmarked and the English wing back smashed the ball into the top corner to make it 0-1. Poor defending from Mujakic playing in an un natural position at left back. 

Tadic had a chance to finish the game on the 67th minute but he headed just wide of the post. Fenerbahce also had a penalty shout turned down by the referee. 

Into the last minute and Ankaragucu had a penalty shout against Hanousek and replays showed it was a clear penalty. The whole Bein Sports presenters agreed and the referee didnt even check with VAR. Again we see the power of the Istanbul clubs!!

Ankaragucu didnt embarrass themselves with the performance, but Kafkas Tolunay set the team up very negatively. Mujakic at Left back in an un natural position is where we lost the goal. His two left back signings Alper and Hanousek were sitting on the bench. 

Morutan is also wasted out on the wing. He now has a couple of weeks to get the team up to speed and we should hopefully see Gary Rodrigues come into the starting line up which will allow Morutan to move into a more central role for the game away to Sivasspor. 




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


After Week No4 Gencler remain undefeated and sit in 3rd top position in the League which is an amazing improvement on their form over the past few seasons.


They are playing an attacking 4-4-2 system for the most part, even in away matches, and long may that continue.


However, they conceded most of the possession to Corum last night but the Gencler defence is not as leaky as last season   !!       Also, Gencler had Cetin to thank for a string of excellent saves, and it came as no surprise to learn that he has been called up into the Turkish Under 21 National Squad for upcoming matches.


Back to last night and ............


Corum           0                    GENCLERBIRLIGI        1


Team – Cetin, Wu, Babacan, Nzaba, Yasin, Enes, S. Yatabare, Ugur Akdemir, Erturk, M. Yatabare and Amilton


Substitutes – Akabueze, Ozturk, Kemaloglu, Cek and Karakullukcu


Cetin was called into action for the first time after 20 minutes when he made a great instinctive save from a goal bound shot inside the 6 yard box.


On the half hour mark he was called into action again when he touched a goal bound header onto the post and the ball was cleared by a defender who was well placed.


Into time added on in the 1st half and Gencler turned the match on its head with an opportunist goal.   From a Gencler corner, the ball was not cleared by the defence and it fell kindly for Amilton in the 6 yard box who lashed the ball in.


Corum could feel aggrieved at losing a goal on the half time whistle after having the lion’s share of possession and chances, but as we all know, the name of the game is putting the round thing in the back of the net   !!


Into the 2nd half and Corum stepped up the pressure as they searched for a way back into the match and Ankaragucu ‘old boy’ Geraldo almost set it up when he sent in an inviting cross for Toure, but his header was just over the bar.


Then, Geraldo appeared to be brought down in the box, but after checking VAR the referee waved the claim aside.


Approaching the final whistle and it was Wu to the rescue as he cleared a goal bound shot off the line, and in the last action of the match Cetin saved a goal bound shot.


Gencler certainly rode their luck at times during the match, but their defence, and Cetin in particular, held firm and 3 valuable points were earned to boost morale for a top of the table clash up next.


Next weekend is the International Break, so Gencler will be in action next at home on Sunday 17 September against league leaders Eyupspor.


As always, watch this space for the details.


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim