Kenyan international attacking midfielder Ayub Timbe Masika has ended his spell with English Football League (EFL) side Reading Fc, barely after 5 months.
Timbe made the announcement on Wednesday, through his Twitter account, where he thanked the club, teammates, fans, and staff for the support they gave him while there.
“My short journey at reading is finished. I want to thank the club, the staff, my mates, and definitely every supporter who was with me through this half-season. It was a pleasure to be at Reading Fc. Thank you all and I wish you good luck in the coming season” Timbe said.
My short journey at reading is finished. I want to thank the club, the staff,my mates and definately every supporter who was with me through this half season. It was a pleasure to be @ReadingFC .Thank you all and i wish you good luck in the coming season. pic.twitter.com/rqxfIfzAsz
— Masika Ayub Timbe (@MasikaAyub) July 27, 2020
Having joined Reading on loan until the end of the season from the Chinese side Beijing Renhe on the very last day of England’s football transfer window in January, Timbe’s spell with the English side has not been a successful one, characterized with lack of enough playing time.
Timbe’s journey started propelling a few months before he turned 14 when he made it to Europe in 2006 and joined Anderlecht’s Academy from JMJ Academy, Nairobi before heading to Beerschot AC (then called Germinal Beerschot) in 2008. In May 2010, he moved to Genk on a two-year deal, playing for the reserves until he signed a four-year contract with the club in 2011, making his debut the following year and winning the Belgian Cup in 2013. In 2014 he was loaned to Lierse from Genk for two seasons with the option to buy at the end. They eventually bought him.
It was from here that he moved to Chinese second-tier side Beijing Renhe in February 2017 and scored eight goals in his first season that helped promote Renhe to the country’s top-most football tier, the Chinese Super League, in spite of suffering from an ankle injury in October 2017.
In February 2018, Ayubu moved to second-tier club Heilongjiang Lava Spring on loan to allow him to recover from his injury although there are other reports suggesting that he was released after the arrival of Cameroonian Benjamin Moukandjo. The club reportedly understood his predicament and it was not going to pile pressure on the young lad to play. However, he managed to net twice in six appearances while on loan. In July 2018, Timbe was recalled from his loan spell after the departure of Brazilian Ivo from Renhe.
In the 2018 season, Renhe finished eighth in a league of sixteen, Ayubu scored bags of goals and provided a higher number of assists. Not bad for a side that had only got to the top tier of Chinese football at the end of the previous season! Sadly, last season Renhe were relegated and not even Ayubu’s return from a considerably long spell away due to knee surgery and the Africa Cup of Nations would rescue them.
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