Final Turkcell Süper Lig Ticket Goes to... KonyasporTurkcell Super Lig • Author: Mehmet Pozam • Monday, May 24, 2010
Despite finishing Bank Asya 1. Lig in sixth position, Konyaspor sealed the third and final Turkcell Süper Lig ticket on Sunday, by winning the Promotion Group. The Green & Whites will be making a swift return to top flight football, as they were relegated just last year. Konyaspor joins Kardemir Karabükspor and Bucaspor, as next season's Turkcell Süper Lig newcomers.
Konyaspor became the last team to be promoted to the Turkcell Süper Lig, as they won the Promotion Group on Sunday night. Although Konyaspor just barely got into the play-offs, finishing Bank Asya 1. Lig in sixth place, they were able to gain a berth into top flight football thanks to their great run in the Promotion Group.
After beating Adanaspor 3-1 and defeating Karşıyaka 1-0 earlier last week, a 2-2 draw against Altay on Sunday night was enough for Konyaspor to finish the Promotion Group in first place and clinch the final spot in next season's Turkcell Süper Lig competition.
Altay had opened the goalscoring at Istanbul's Atatürk Olympic Stadium with an 18th minute header from Jorge Emanuel Molina. However, Konyaspor hit back in the second half with two long-distance strikes from Ramazan Kahya. A late goal from Altay's Yiğitcan Erdoğan was not enough for the İzmir side.
"We played very well in the second half and we earned a well-deserved victory and promotion to the Turkcell Süper Lig," said Ziya Doğan, who succeeded Hüsnü Özkara and Fuat Yaman to become Konyaspor's third coach of the season.
The Green & Whites will be making an almost instant return to the Turkcell Süper Lig, as they had been relegated to Bank Asya 1. Lig only last season. Konyaspor's promotion also sunk İzmir's hopes of returning back to top flight football with two teams; Karşıyaka and Altay were hoping to join Bucaspor in the Turkcell Süper Lig next season.
"Together with its stadium, training grounds and supporters, Konyaspor is a team that fully deserves to be in the Turkcell Süper Lig. We got along very well with the club management and as a result came this great success," he continued. "Hopefully, Konyaspor will continue to be successful in the Turkcell Süper Lig," wished Ziya Doğan.
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