Why Belgium-based midfielder Ayub Timbe snubbed Kenya friendly against Libya

REVEALED: Elder brother Shaban Timbe confirms to Goal.com that the 20-year old ace skipped the build up because Kenya FA owes him money
By Otieno Otieno

Belgium-based midfielder Ayub Timbe pulled out of Harambee Stars squad ahead of Wednesday’s international friendly against Libya due to money issues with Football Kenya Federation (FKF).

Timbe’s elder brother Shaban Timbe, revealed exclusively to Goal.com on Tuesday that the player is yet to be refunded money he spent to return to his Belgium club Genk after playing against Tanzania in Dar es Salaam last November.

The elder Timbe claimed his brother had to use his own money to return to Belgium after the Taifa Stars friendly following a delay to get him a return ticket so that he could honor a league match.

“After the Tanzania match, the agreement was that he immediately be given a return ticket to return to his club. However, this did not happen and he kept on being tossed from one person to the other.”

“Eventually he was given a ticket to go to Kampala from where he was to connect a flight to Brussels. By the time he got there (Kampala), the flight had left and he had to return to Nairobi and eventually spent his own money to travel back to his club.”

“When he got to his club, the coach was so furious and he (Ayub) was fined more than Sh180, 000 for arriving late and also missing a crucial league match,” added Timbe’s brother.

On his future relationship with the national team, Timbe’s brother said the player will only honor such call-ups if he is assured that everything will be taken care of in a professional way.

“He is a young player trying to fit into the club and any disruption is a threat to this. He will only come if he is assured that everything will be done smoothly to ensure his club engagements are not disrupted.”

Contacted for comment Elly Mukolwe the Kenya FA head of technical committee said he was not aware whether the player is owed any refund.

A reliable sources had revealed to Goal.com on Monday that the 20 year-old midfielder, was likely to miss the build up since he was yet to contact stand in coach James Nandwa of his travel plans to North Africa, less than 48 hours to the match.

"The federation sent Timbe a ticket, we have checked and he hasn't confirmed his travel date, the coach is concerned as he is finalizing his match programming. It is looking likely that the team will have to do the job without him," added the source.

Timbe becomes the second player to pull out of the squad due to money issues with the federation. Last week Parma midfielder Macdonald Mariga also pulled out of the team claiming he is owed money by the federation.