Ayub Timeb Masika in a past game for Chinese Super League side Beijing Renhe. The CSL wrapped the 2018 season with the final set of games on Sunday 11 Nov 2018 CSL
Timbe's season finale ends goalless
By Patrick Korir | Tue 13 Nov, 2018 12:10

Kenyan winger Ayub Timbe Masika wrapped up his first season in the Chinese Super League (CSL) on Sunday 11 November as Beijing Renhe eked out a barren draw with visiting Guanghou R & F at the Beijing Fengtai Stadium.

The draw saw Beijing Renhe, promoted to the top flight at the start of the season, end up eighth in the 16-team table with 37 points, a position and point ahead of their Sunday opponents.

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Timbe clocked a full 90- minutes in the season finale in what was his 14th game in the 30-game season.

He ended the season with an incredible seven goals, same as Cameroon's Benjamin Moukandjo Bilé. The two were three goals short of top scorer Makhete Diop from Senegal.

The arrival of Moukandjo at Beijing Renhe saw the Kenyan flyer sent on loan to second tier side Heilongjiang Lava Spring in March.

He was to be recalled at Beijing Renhe in mid-July and a few days later he made his debut in the CSL as a 70th minute substitute for Cao Yongjing in a barren draw against Jiangsu Suning at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center.

He confirmed his acumen in the next game as he struck his debut CSL goal - to become the second Kenyan to score in that league after Michael Olunga - as he helped his side to a 3-1 home win over Dalian Yifang.

His second of seven league goals followed in the final game in July albeit a consolation as Beijing Renhe went down 5-1 to visiting Shanghai SIPG who went all the way to win this year’s league title.

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He topped up his goals to four in mid-August as he claimed a brace in a 3-3 draw with Tianjin Quanjian and was to add two more in the same month with a goal apiece in 3-0 and 3-1 wins over Beijing Guoan and Shanghai Shenhua.

His seventh and final goal was against Tianjin Teda in late September in a game that ended 2-2.

He was to lay off for up to six weeks after that game with a niggling injury but returned to feature in the last three games of the season in November against Dalian Yifang, Shanghai SIPG and the final one against Guangzhou R&F.

Timbe joined Beijing Renhe on a three year deal in February 2017 from Belgian second tier side Lierse SK. He helped them to promotion to the top flight in just his first season.

Patrick Korir

Twitter: @tipkorir

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