Leke James Turns Focus On Europa League

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Molde of Norway attacker, Leke James says he will quickly put behind celebrations of last weekend’s double-strike match winner for his club, as he wants to quickly start thinking only of how they will compete in the UEFA Europa League preliminaries.

Footballlive.ng can report that James struck twice in a 3-1 win for Molde against already relegated relegated Sandfjord, to confirm a spot for his side in the Europa League as runners-up in the Norwegian league.

Although James admitted he was happy to score twice and help his side edge ahead of their main rivals, SK Brann Bergen for the continental clubs second-tier competition spot, the former Flying Eagles star said they must start preparing for a successful outing in the Europa League.

The Kaduna-born former Flying Eagles invitee, who scored four goals on his return to Norway from China, said he actually wanted to win the top-flight title and help Molde qualify for the UEFA Champions League, but said he will not turn all attention on doing well in the lower level event.

James stressed: “My goal is now to help my club progress to the group stage of the Europa League and see what happens afterwards.

“My target was to win the league with Molde and qualify for the UEFA Champions League, but that was not to be.

“It was an amazing season and coming second is not bad. We finished second and got a Europa League qualification ticket. I am sure we can do better next season.”

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