Timbe aids Renhe off bottom in China as Mandela’s Maritzburg edges close to survival

Kenyan international Ayub Timbe Masika got his first start of the season in the Chinese Super League (CSL) on Saturday 25 May and aided his team, Beijing Renhe to a 2 – 1 win over Tianjin Teda at the Beijing Fengtai Stadium.

Timbe who has spent a lengthy spell out injured, returned in the previous game and was a second half sub as Renhe lost 1 – 3 to Guangzhou R & F but fortunes changed for the team as Timbe started with the home team getting their second win of the season.

90 minutes

Timbe was on for 90 minutes, before being replaced, with Shao Suai taking his place.

In the game, Makhete Diop scored the opener for Renhe in the fourth minute then Zheng Kaimu scored an own goal to extend Renhe’s lead in the 59th minute.

The win lifts Renhe from bottom to 15th place on eight points from 11 matches while Tianjin Teda remains seventh.


In South Africa, Maritzburg United, the team that Brian Mandela, another Kenyan international plays for, picked a crucial second win in the relegation/promotion playoffs, beating Tshakhuma 2 – 0 away at Thahoyondou Stadium.

Mandela started on the bench but was introduced to the game in the 34th minute for Siyanda Xulu.