Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe Masika has turned 28 today.

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Billed as one of the most talented Kenyan players of his generation, the winger currently in the books of Chinese side Beijing Renhe is one of the few Kenyan players who started their journey in Europe at an earlier age.

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Having been in the books of local academies including the famed Ligi Ndogo Academy, Timbe was to move to Belgium at the age of 13 when Anderlecht acquired his services from JMJ Academy. Youth stints with Germinal Beerschot and Genk followed before signing his first profession deal with the latter in 2011.

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His debut for Genk was to wait until on January 15, 2012, when he came in the 82nd minute for Nadson in their 1-1 draw against Zulte Waregem. He was to stay at Genk until 26 with loan deals in between but failed to score a single goal for the side despite having appeared 30 times for the team.

Timbe during his time at Lierse

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It was between 2014 and 2016 while at Lierse that he showed his capabilities in front of goal. In the 42 apps he managed for the team, he managed 8 goals from the wing while on loan and added another six goals in 20 apps for the club when he signed for them permanently in 2016.

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He was to take just a season at Lierse before moving to China where he was acquired by Beijing Renhe in 2017. It remains the club where he has scored more goals in his entire career. In his 49 apps for the Chinese side, he has managed 17 goals with another two goals in six games he played while on loan at Heilongjiang Lava Spring.

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His last stint came in England where he featured for Championship side Reading FC; the player just managing five appearances all from the bench before leaving the club at the end of last season.

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Youth Career

-2004: Ligi Ndogo

2005โ€“2006: JMJ Academy

2006โ€“2008: Anderlecht

2008โ€“2010: Germinal Beerschot

2010โ€“2011: Genk

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Senior Career

2011โ€“2016: Genk

2014โ€“2016โ†’ Lierse (loan)

2016โ€“2017: Lierse

2017: Beijing Renhe

2018: โ†’ Heilongjiang Lava Spring (loan)

2020: โ†’ Reading (loan)

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