Ghana defender, Najeeb Yakubu has admitted that, the strength of Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv makes it difficult for young Ukrainian clubs to book UEFA Champions League spots.
The Vorskla Poltava defender saw his side book a qualifiers slot for Europe’s third-tier competition, the UEFA Conference League.
With Vorskla finishing 5th on 41 points last season, the 20-year-old admits to difficulty in young clubs qualifying ahead of the top two clubs.
“As a young club, it is always difficult to qualify for the Champions League because you have Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv.
“We were targeting the Europa League but it did not happen.
“However we have qualified for the Europa Conference League and it is a good platform for us.
“Next season we shall fight for a better position.” Najeeb Yakubu told Africa-foot.com.
Dynamo Kyiv finished top of the 2020/21 Ukrainian top flight on 65 points with Shakhtar Donetsk placing second on 51.
Yakubu, 21 , joined the Ukrainian top flight side in 2018 from Newtown Youth, having already stayed briefly with UniStar Academy.
He made 19 appearances, registering one assist for his last term.
He extended his contract last year that will see him stay with Vorskla until 2024.
Najeeb Yakubu was a member Ghana’s U-17 squad that played at the Africa junior championship in Gabon.