Ayub Masika Timbe has returned to action for Beijing Renhe CSL
Olunga's Kashiwa falls as Timbe returns with an assist
By Fabian Odhiambo | Sat 03 Nov, 2018 14:00

Kenyan International forward Michael Olunga was on the receiving end of a 3-0 hiding from Japanese giants Kawasaki Frontale in a J1 League match played on Saturday 3rd, November.

Leaders

Akihiro Lenaga opened the scoring proceedings in the 20th minute before Shogo Taniguchi made it 2-0 before the break. The league leaders would put the game beyond Kashiwa's reach through Hiroyuki Abe a minute before full time to condemn Olunga's side to their 18th loss of the season. 

They now lie precariously in the second last position on the 18-team log and their last win came three weeks ago against Sanfrecce Hiroshima; a 3-0 win on the road with Olunga on target. With three matches to go now, however, the loss puts a dent to Kashiwa's survival hopes as they are placed in an automatic relegation zone. 

Nagoya Grampus, Sagan Tosu and V-varen Nagasaki are all in the drop zone but with a game in hand.

Elsewhere in China, Ayub Masika contributed in one of the goals as Beijing Renhe edged Dalian Yifang 2-1 in a Chinese Super League encounter- an important statistic as the Kenyan winger is just making a return to action after a lengthy spell out on injury. 

Zhu Ting gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute after a decent pass from former Atletico Madrid forward Yannick Carrasco but Senegalese forward Makhete Diop cancelled it out six minutes later. 

Brace

The lanky striker would ensure Renhe made away with the full share of spoils nine minutes before stoppage time after capitalizing on an Ayub Masika pass.

With the win, Renhe stay 8th in the 18-team log but stretch away by 4 points from their Saturday rivals Dalian Yifang.

Fabian Odhiambo

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