Kenyan International Suggests He Regrets Joining Top English Side in 2020

Kenyan International Suggests He Regrets Joining Top English Side in 2020

  • Ayub Timbe sealed a move to Reading FC from Chinese side Beijing Renhe during the January transfer window of 2020
  • The Kenyan star went on to make five appearances for the Royals before he quit after the expiry of his six-month loan deal
  • According to Timbe, Reading were willing to make his stay permanent but he rejected the offer as they had forced him to take a pay cut when he joined

Kenyan international Ayub Timbe has opened up about his troubled spell with Championship side, Reading FC.

Timbe joined the Royals during the winter transfer window of 2020 in a short-term deal from Chinese side Beijing Renhe.

Ayub Timbe, international friendly, Bondoufle, France. Photo by Aude Alcover.
Ayub Timbe Masika during an international friendly match between Madagascar and Kenya in Bondoufle, France. Photo by Aude Alcover.
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According to Goal, the winger had to take a massive pay cut for him to complete the transfer on deadline day

While a number of Kenyan football fans were excited to see one of their own turning out for an English side, Timbe believes it was not the smartest of moves.

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Ayub Timbe says he regrets making Reading move

In an exclusive interview with People Sport, Timbe described the Reading transfer as "a wrong move" in his career.

The 29-year-old revealed the transfer impacted his finances as he was forced to take a pay cut for it to happen.

“I took the pay cut to join Reading. It was a big one and I think that is where things went south for me,” Timbe said.

Timbe further revealed that the English team had actually expressed a desire to make his deal permanent and even offered a four-year contract.

However, the initial pay cut that he had taken scuppered the deal, with the Kenyan star opting to leave when his six-month contract expired.

“At the beginning, they wanted me for six months but after two months of training they came back and said they like how I train and that I had shown clear intentions to be in the team and offered a four-year contract,” the Thailand-based footballer explained.

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“However the pay cut was way below what I was getting in China," he added.

Kenyan player makes debut for Swedish top-flight side

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Frank Odhiambo's long wait to make his debut for Swedish top-tier side Djurgardens has finally come to an end.

A finger injury sustained just days after the transfer back in January is understood to have delayed the defender's bow.

The teenage sensation made his debut for his new side as a second-half substitute against FC Honka in a pre-season friendly.