Ayub Timbe: Kenya’s winger opens account in Japan when Vissel Kobe beat up Tokushima Vortis

The swift winger scored his first goals for his new side when they took an emphatic away win at the Pocarisweat Stadium

Kenyan international Ayub Timbe scored his first two goals for Vissel Kobe when he beat Tokushima Vortis 3-0 in a Japanese J1 League trophy on Wednesday.

The Harambee Stars winger started the game at Pocarisweat Stadium and it was Kobe who took the well-deserved lead in just two minutes when Hotaru Yamaguchi narrowly found the bottom of the net.

Kobe went 1-0 into half-time and in the second half Timbe, who signed for the Japanese club from Beijing Renhe, scored his first goal in the 52nd minute and sealed the victory in the 93rd minute with his second goal of the day .

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It was Yamaguchi who gave Kobe the lead by just two minutes after exchanging passes with Timbe before beating the Tokushima goalkeeper with little effort.

The goal gave Kobe a jump in the crotch and they continued to raid Tokushima’s danger zone and Timbe could have scored the second goal in the 12th minute, but his savage left-footed strike was struck by the Tokushima goalkeeper from a futile corner.

The game went into half-time with Kobe leading 1-0 and in the second half Atsuhiro Miura introduced former Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta, who was on on for Tatsunori Sakurai.

It was Iniesta’s combination with Yuki Kobayashi that led to the second goal as they fielded the Harambee Stars winger who made no mistake with his left foot for his first Kobe-colored goal. In the 93rd minute, Timbe scored his second and second third for Kobe to seal the emphatic victory.

Kobe is now second in Group B of the national competition with eight points, while Tokyo FC are in the lead with 12 points, Oita Trinita third with six points and Tokushima Vortis last with five points.

In a previous Group B game, Tokyo FC played 1-1 with Trinita, while in Wednesday’s Group A game, Hokkaido Sapporo won 0-0 with Kashima Antlers and Avispa Fukuoka beat Sagan Tosu 4-1.

In Group C, the Urawa Reds secured a 2-0 win over Yokohama FC, Shonan Bellmare a 1-1 draw against Kashiwa Reysol, while in Group D Vegalta Sendai won 3-0 against Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Yokoma F Marinos Shimizu S-Pulse 5: 5 defeated 0.

Timbe and Kobe will now concentrate on an away game of the J1-League against Urawa Reds on May 22nd, Saturday, at Saitama Stadium.

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