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Michael Ibe shifts focus to NPFL after Akwa United's Caf Confederation Cup exit

3:42 PM WAT 20/04/2018
Akwa United vs. Al-Hilal
Having failed to help the Promise Keepers to the group phase, the forward is unhappy but now keen to make a top-flight league success

Akwa United's Michael Ibe wants to make an impact for his side in the Nigerian top-flight this season after crashing out of the Caf Confederation Cup on Wednesday.

The Promise Keepers failed to reach the group phase in their second attempt following their exit at the expense of the Al-Hilal on an away goal rule after a 3-3 draw on aggregate.

With Abdu Maikaba's men sixth with 23 points - seven adrift of leaders Lobi Stars with three games in hand, the forward is confident they can make amends on the domestic scene.  

"First of all, I want to give God the glory because he knows best why we could not make it through," Ibe told Goal.

"Though It was not the result we wanted because our ambition was to play in the group stages. "We don't have anything more to do than to focus on the league to ensure we get things right."

The forward's brace helped the hosts to a 3-1 comeback win over the Sudanese giants at the Goodswill Akpabio Stadium but was not enough to see them through to the group stages.

And the former Abia Warriors man is delighted at inspiring the Uyo-based side to a home triumph with his brace but laments their unfortunate ouster on away goal.

"I feel happy scoring two goals in the match because that's what I've always wanted to do to help my team," he continued.

"But I think that we not qualifying to the group stages was a big disappointment to me because that's where people would see me more."

Ibe will be hoping to continue with his impressive form for the Keepers when they welcome Sunshine Stars on Sunday.