Timbe joins Olunga in China

By alex wafula
Feb 21, 2017
  • Ayub Timbe becomes the second Kenyan player to move to Chine after Michael Olunga. (SNA. File Photo)

Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe has joined Chinese second tier side Beijing Renhe from Belgian second division side Lierse SK.

Timbe capped 15 times for the national team has been in Belgium for the last seven years and becomes the second Kenyan after Michael Olunga to move to China.

Lierse, a club he joined on permanent in July last year announced on their official website they had allowed the speedy winger to leave after receiving an irresistible offer from the Chinese.

The transfer of Timbe who has been one of the best performers for the club comes at a time when they are inching closer to seal promotion to the top tier. They are currently top of the standings and are in line for the promotion play offs which begin this Sunday.

The club has moved to assure its fans they made the decision, hugely for the financial stability of the club.

“Lierse is aware that the timing for an outgoing transfer is not ideal, but the offer from the Chinese club meant a serious added value and is also important for the financial stability of the club. It is also a great opportunity for the player that the club does not want to deprive him,” the club said in a statement.

Timbe moved to Belgium in 2006

Timbe, whose younger brother Musa Masika trains with Anderlecht during school holidays first moved to Belgium in 2006 from JMJ Academy where he joined Anderlecht. He then moved to Germinal Beerschot, former club to Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama.

In May 2010, Timbe signed a 2-year deal with Genk from Germinal Beerschot. He played for the club's reserve team until he signed a new four-year contract with the club in June 2011.

In September 2014, the speedy winger was loaned Lierse from Genk for two seasons, with an option to buy. The option was activated in July last year.

The Chinese football market has been splashing the cash, signing the best players from across the globe in a bid to bolster their image.

Recently, Christian Bassogogo, the 2017 African Cup of Nations MVP joined Henan Jianye from Danish side AaB Fodbold.

Elsewhere, former Gor Mahia midfielder Khalid Aucho has joined Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade on a six-month contract after leaving South African side Baroka.

The Premier Soccer League side announced they would be releasing the midfielder last month, barely six months after he joined them from Gor.