There is no doubt that Ayub Timbe is a joy to watch on the pitch. This is a man who can change a match anytime if given a chance.
The Speedy foward who turns out for Beijing Renhe in the Chinese Super League beat all odds to finally make it to coach Sebastien Migne’s travelling squad to Egypt.
Timbe had suffered a knee injury while playing for his Chinese side in December last year. He underwent surgery in January and there were doubts that he would not be fit in time for the continental showpiece in Egypt.
He however recovered and joined the Harambee Stars training camp in Paris, France.
His dreams of playing at the grandest stage of them all in Africa were further boosted when he made the cut to Coach Migne’s final list.
Despite making the cut, there are still doubts as to whether he will start against Algeria in Kenya’s opening match.
According to coach Migne, his final decision all depends on Timbe’s level of readiness.
“I am still waiting for answers from the player, He needs to show me whether he is ready to start or he wants to start from the bench,” Said Migne.
Timbe has not turned out for Kenya since a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Sierra Leone in Free Town where he was suspended for indecent behaviour by CAF during a Group F AFCON qualifying match.
Coach Sebastien also had a message for defender Joseph Okumu who is expected to fill the void left by Brian Mandela.
The Maritzburg United defender suffered a knee injury during the Monday morning training session.
The Coach has called on Okumu to give his all when Harambee Stars goes head to head against DRC in a friendly match in Madrid, Spain.
Stars play DR Congo on Saturday, 15th June.
“I am also waiting for answers from defender Joseph Akumu, he needs to show me now that he can step up and to fill the void left by injured Brian Mandela. I will start him against DR Congo (in the friendly) and he must be ready to show me what I have not seen before.” Said Migne.