Saturday, January 20, 2024




Greetings Kankas and Kankies.


Well, Ankaragucu may well be inconsistent and goal shy in front of goal, especially with Ali Sowe absent on Africa Cup duty, and his deputies , Bajic and Macheda, being powder-puff up front in his absence.     However, Ankaragucu can still ‘boast’ that they are the Draw Specialists of The Super League with 10 so far this season ........yawn......yawn   !!!


Yet another draw tonight and, to be honest, they were fortunate to ‘win’ their one point in what was a dour struggle, especially in the 1st half.


Adana Demirspor           1                       ANKARAGUCU               1


Team – Bahadir, Hanousek, Mujakic, Radakovic, Kitsiou, Pedrinho, Tolga, Renaldo, Ali Kaan, Morutan and Bajic


Substitutes – Macheda, Tasos, Mert and Atakan


Ankaragucu had the first chance to open the scoring after 10 minutes when Bajic had his shot parried by the goalkeeper, but Morutan, who was first to the ball couldn’t connect with the ball behind him.


A few minutes later at the other end, Bahadir pulled off a great save from a goal bound shot heading for the top right.


Half way through the 1st half and Bajic had 3 chances to find the opener.     Firstly, when in a good position to shoot, he hesitated and was dispossessed by a defender.    Secondly, his attempted pass to Renaldo to instigate an attack, was sent direct to an Adana defender.     Finally, when in a good position, he sent a weak shot to the goalkeeper.    Pathetic   !


Shortly after that, Adana had the ball in the back of the net for the opening goal.       BUT ......the referee was directed to VAR which clearly showed an Adana attacker had used his arm to control the ball in the build-up.


5 minutes into the 2nd half and Adana opened the scoring from one of their hallmark fast breaks.    The ball was crossed from the left into the box where the ball was blocked, but from the deflection, it was back-heeled by an Adana forward to the unmarked Akbaba at the back post who made no mistake.


10 minutes later and the equaliser arrived courtesy of a well planned and executed free kick by Pedrinho in the centre just outside the box.      He positioned 3 of his colleagues to the left of the wall, and then sent his shot into the space they provided after separation and the ball went inside the left post.


15 minutes to go and it was Bahadir to the rescue when he saved a certain goal from a shot inside the 6 yard area.


Into the last 5 minutes and Ankaragucu resorted to keeping possession to obviously run the clock down and claim their customary one point   !!


Ankaragucu may well be sitting in mid-table (precariously  !!) but they are still too close to the relegation zone for comfort.     


Therefore, the next match at home to Fatih Karagumruk (4 points below Ankaragucu) on Wednesday 24 January takes on added significance.   


As always, watch this space for the outcome   !


All the best from Eski Kanka Jim

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