Relegation fears for Timbe in China despite winger netting first goal of the season

Kenyan international Ayub Timbe netted his first goal of the season as the Chinese Super League (CSL) resumed over the weekend after a two month recess, but the goal was not enough to help secure a win.

Beijing Renhe suffered a demoralizing 4-1 upset at home on Sunday to Chongqing Lifan with Timbe scoring the equalizer in the 26th minute, seven minutes after man of the match, Brazilian forward Alan Kardec, who netted all four goals for Lifan, had opened the scoring in the 19th minute.

Injuries

Injuries have restricted Timbe to only nine appearances this season for Renhe who have struggled in his absence and are currently on the brink of suffering relegation with six matches left to play before the season concludes.

Luis Garcia’s charges sit bottom of the CSL log with 12 points, seven adrift of safety with 24 matches played and have suffered a whopping 18 losses, the worst in the entire division.

Last season, Timbe’s first in the Chinese top tier, saw the former Genk winger net seven times in 14 appearances to help Renhe finish in 8th place in their return to the CSL after spending two seasons in the second tier.