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Timbe not giving up on Reading dream

Sunday July 05 2020
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Reading's Ayub Timbe (centre) vies for the ball with Luton Town players during their League One match at the Kenilworth Road Stadium on July 4, 2020. PHOTO | COURTESY |

By JEFF KINYANJUI

Talk has been rife that Kenyan international Ayub Timbe would be going back to Chinese side Beijing Renhe once his loan deal with English Championship side Reading FC expires at the end of this month.

He has been used sparingly by the club since the league resumed, but finally made an appearance as the team edged Luton Town 5-0 in a match played at the Kenilworth Road Stadium on Saturday afternoon. 

With just five games left to the end of the season, Timbe is optimistic of featuring more and impressing.

"I was happy to get some minutes under my belt but well I still need to play more. I hope to get some more minutes in the remaining matches and do well," he told Nation Sport.

“If I get a chance I will always give my best. I train hard and do my best in training. If chosen for games I will give my best. A lot can happen in the next few weeks – mine is to just do my best whenever I get the opportunity,” he added.

Ivorian forward Yakou Meite scored four of the five goals with George Puscas scoring the other against Luton.

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Timbe came in for Guinea-Bissau forward Pele Gomes at the hour mark and put in a decent shift.

Reading had gone for three matches without a win and the result pushes them to 13th on the standings with 52 points from 41 matches, while Luton remains bottom of the log with 40 points having played the same number of matches. 

Up next for Reading is a home game against 20th-placed Huddersfield Town on Tuesday evening.

Elsewhere, Kenyan international Joseph Okumu played the entire match as his club Elfsborg IF beat Malmo FF by a solitary goal in a top-tier match played at the Boras Arena on Saturday afternoon. 

Danish defender Frederik Holst headed in the winner just before the break and Elfsborg held on to pick the three maximum points.

The win pushes them to sixth on the log with seven points from five matches, while Malmo remains second with nine points having played the same number of matches. 

Joseph Okumu, who picked a yellow card in the game, has so far started all the five league games this season for Elfsborg and one Domestic Cup game. 

"Happy to pick the three points today in what was a tough game," he posted on his official Facebook page after the game. 

The towering defender joined the club mid-2019 from US side Real Monarchs after impressing in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations while playing for Harambee Stars. 

He has previously played for Chemelil Sugar in Kenya, Free State Stars in South Africa and US lower-tier side AFC Ann Arbor. 

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