Kenya striker Ayub Timbe: I never considered changing my citizenship

EXCLUSIVE: Timbe, who plies his trade at Belgium side Genk FC, has previously failed to honor call ups leading to speculation of switching nationality

Kenyan striker Ayub Timbe has exclusively revealed to Kenya that he never considered switching nationality.

The 20 year old, who currently plies his trade in Belgium's Jupiler League at Genk FC, has previously failed to honor call ups to the national team leading to speculation that he was warming up to the advances from the Belgium national soccer team's technical bench.

“That thought (playing for Belgium) was never in my mind. Actually I was injured for long spells last season and took time to regain my fitness, then in the run up to the Togo game (AFCON 2013 Qualifier), which I was called up their was a hitch in my flight arrangements and I couldn't make it in time for the game in Nairobi.”

“I was born and raised in Kenya and my family still resides here. I come to visit and catch up with friends on every opportunity. I am attached to this place," said the former Beerschort FC (Belgium) and JMJ Academy player.

Timbe came on as a second half substitute and impressed in Kenya's 2-1 defeat to South Africa in an international friendly in what was his debut match and the pacy striker who scored for his club in the Europa League match against Swiss side Luzern with a 2-0 earlier this season, believes the ingredients to a brighter future were sown during that match.

“I was very impressed with Kenya FA’s commitment and the professionalism in camp. The players’ have amazing commitment and the work rate is unbelievable. I believe this team is on the verge of achieving something.”