Akaminko on the Season Finale & Africans in Turkey
In my latest Akaminko Blog with Africa Football Shop, I talk through my recent spell on the sidelines, our hopes of reaching the Turkish Cup final and a good weekend for Africans in the Super Lig.
The main thing for us at Eskisehispor at this stage of the season is to get maximum points from the remaining games.
It has been a frustrating week or so for myself as I served suspension for a red card which I believe was wrongly issued. Then I was unlucky as I had accumulated four yellow cards and, therefore, had to watch this weekend’s game against Trabzonspor in the stands with the fans.
I must admit I enjoyed interacting with the EsEs faithful in the tribunes. They’re passionate and follow the club everywhere. It was a pleasure watching and going through the matchday emotions with them. It’s definitely easier playing than watching, I must add.
I think the boys showed great character in this game to comeback and gain a point. Trabzonspor have assembled a great squad with the likes of Didier Zokora and former Chelsea man Florent Malouda in their ranks. Though they didn’t start in this game, the team had enough quality and troubled us throughout the game. Their position in the league and good adventure in Europe this season shows that they’re a good team.
Even though I was happy with the outcome of the game taking everything into consideration, I must admit drawing so many games is not ideal. Three draws in the last six games has really slowed down our push for a place in Europe this season. It’s still very tight; three points literally take us to within a point of an Europa League place.
I am back for the 2ng leg of the Turkish Cup semi-final against Antalyaspor on Thursday. We trail by a goal heading into this clash. We have to approach this game with real belief as we’re just 90 minutes away from a final.
Being a spectator this weekend gave me a little bit more time to check up on how my fellow Africans got on in the league. It was a great weekend as a few of the boys scored. Was good to see my pals Issac Promise and Lomana Lua Lua on the score sheets for their respective clubs.
Moussa Sow continues to fire Fenerbahce to the league title. His form has been exceptional in recent weeks and he seems to be getting better. Would be interesting to see if Fener can keep him this summer amidst all the rumours in the winter transfer window.
John Utaka was also on the scoresheet for Roberto Carlos’s Sivasspor. I remember watching him play for Portsmouth and Nigeria and he is still doing it at the ripe age of 32.