Sports News of Saturday, 25 February 2017
Ghanaian defender Issahaku Leftey Yakubu is optimistic about Lierse SK’s chances of securing promotion back to the Belgian Jupiler Pro League next season.
The 22-year-old joined Lierse from Ghanaian side JMG Academy in 2015, signing a two-year contract with an option for an additional year. However, the club suffered relegation that season but with Yakubu rising through the ranks to command a starting role.
Lierse are currently sitting top of the second tier log tied with Antwerp on 26 points ahead of the last game of the season against SV Roeselare and a win will qualify them for the final playoffs next month.
“I’m really happy with our performance this season and believe we will qualify back the top-flight. That is where we belong. I think we have the quality to go top despite the challenges ahead,” Leftey told Goal.
“If we show our quality in the last game we’ll reach the playoffs, and I am positive we will make it to the top-flight for the new season. We have a good coach who understands the game and reads players and opponents very well.
“Last season, I suffered a hip injury but have been fit throughout this season, missing only three games. It’s every player’s dream to help his side so I hope I will enjoy a good game on Sunday to make the supporters happy.
“A good performance will also give me several opportunities since I want to represent Ghana with the Black Stars in future” he added.