Clubs gear up for the new foot­ball sea­son

Cyprus Today - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL clubs are gear­ing up for the new sea­son by step­ping up their train­ing and is­su­ing club state­ments ex­press­ing their ti­tle am­bi­tions.

Le­fkoşa’s Küçük Kay­maklı — known as For­est — are deep in pre-term train­ing, with head Ah­met Dir­gen say­ing they are lay­ing the ground­work for the 2018-19 K-Pet Su­per League sea­son with con­fi­dence.

Af­ter the de­par­ture of sev­eral key play­ers, when For­est lan­guished seven places be­low cham­pi­ons and fel­low Le­fkoşa side Yeni­cami last sea­son, tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Ser­hat Ertürk said: “We are work­ing to re­vive for­mer glo­ries with a fresh spirit.”

He added: “We want our fans to see a team that is striv­ing hard to win this sea­son. The tech­ni­cal team is now ready. Our pri­or­ity was to trans­fer a goal­keeper, which has been done, and we are now look­ing to sign for­eign play­ers.”

İskele’s Gençler Bir­liği, which strug­gled in the Su­per League last sea­son, fin­ish­ing 12th, has re­newed its ad­min­is­tra­tion, now headed by İlker Züğürt, while a de­bate is un­der way as to whether the team should hold its train­ing camp in­side or out­side the TRNC in Septem­ber.

Tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Bü­lent Ay­taç said team trans­fers would con­tinue but added that they could ex­pe­ri­ence prob­lems con­cern­ing their sta­dium, which is un­der­go­ing main­te­nance, and play­ers were cur­rently train­ing in the Bedi’s for­est area near Salamis.

Mağusa Türk Gücü, too, have re­cently over­hauled their fa­cil­i­ties, with club head Ko­ral Bozkurt say­ing with pride that the club’s ground “could now as­pire to con­form to Euro­pean stan­dards”.

The up­grade in­cludes work chang­ing, mas­sage and meet­ing rooms, as well as so­cial ar­eas for use by play­ers and club mem­bers and sup­port­ers.

Güze­lyurt-based Baf Ülkü Yurdu were this week con­tin­u­ing their prepa­ra­tions for the sea­son with dou­ble train­ing ses­sions at­tended by tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor Ke­mal Yürekli.

Mr Yürekli, whose side fin­ished sixth in the league last sea­son, said: “We will con­tinue our dy­namic ap­proach and are de­lighted with the per­for­mance of our play­ers in train­ing. We want to con­tinue be­ing the team that pushed many oth­ers last sea­son and are con­tin­u­ing our search for a third for­eign player.”

Mean­while, Merit Al­san­cak Yeşilova has re­vealed a new sign­ing, Bu­rak Koçar, who last sea­son scored 20 goals in the Su­per League for Le­fke.

In the K-Pet First Divi­sion, Hamitköy has be­gun train­ing at its ground near Le­fkoşa un­der the watch­ful eyes of club chair­man Evren Man­nas and board mem­bers.

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