English Championship side Reading FC have completed the signing of Kenyan international winger Ayub Timbe Masika on loan from Chinese League one side Beijing Renhe until the end of the season.
The 27-year-old who has been training with English side impressed the Royals technical bench led by manager Mark Bowen who heaped a lot of praise on him and his optimistic of Masika’s future with the side.
“Masika is a precocious talent with real speed that means he can hurt the opposition in good areas of the field. We’ve had a look at him in training over recent weeks and he’s shown good qualities. He’s catching up on his fitness a little bit with the Chinese league being out of season at the moment, but I think he can be a real asset to us and I’m delighted to have him here.” said Bowen.
Reading’s Chief Nigel Howe also pressed his delight in the signing and is looking forward to seeing Timbe’s impact for the royals.
“A quick winger with experience of international football and both the Belgian and Chinese top flight, I am very pleased to welcome Masika to the club. I wish him the very best of luck during his loan spell at Reading and look forward to seeing the impact he can make at first team level.”
The pacy winger was instrumental in Kenya’s African Cup Of Nations campaign in Egypt last year, where he put up a steller performance on the flanks against Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania, a fate that saw him attract the attention of many suitors during the continental showpiece.
The Nairobi born who is an Anderlecht academy graduate has previously featured for Belgian sides Germinal Beershot, Racing Genk and Lierse S.K as well as Chinese side Hellongjiang.