On the night of Thursday 30 August 2012, Kenyan striker Ayub
Timbe Masika made his debut in the UEFA Europa League when he featured in the
final four minutes of a playoff second round game for Genk at the Cristal Arena
against Swiss side Luzern.
To have made his debut in the Europa League, Timbe became the sixth Kenyan player to feature in Europe’s second best club competition.
Legendary Mike Okoth Origi started it all back in the 2000/2001 season incidentally with Timbe’s current side Genk. Robert Mambo then followed in 2005 while turning out for Norway’s top tier side Viking Stavanger.
McDonald Mariga then became the third Kenyan to feature in the competition while at Swedish’s Allsvenskan side Helsingborg in 2007.
In the same 2007, Mambo was back at it again but with Swedish Superettan side [second tier] side BK Hacken. Then the competition was known as the UEFA Cup
On Thursday July 14 2011, James Situma became the fourth player to feature at that level when he featured for Albanian club FK Tirana in home game against Slovakian side Spartak Trnava.
On 29th September 2011, Victor Mugubi Wanyama joined the elite list when he featured in an entire game against Italian Serie A side Udinese in a Europa Group game.
To have scored two minutes after he substituted Nigerian midfielder Kennedy Ugoala Nwanganga, Timbe became only the second Kenyan to score in the UEFA Europa League.
Prior to Timbe’s goal, Robert Mambo had been the only Kenya to score - his goal coming back on 15 September 2005 when his lone strike sent Viking Stavanger 1-0 past Austria Wien (Vienna) in a first round qualification tie.