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Cranes Left back Batambuze Steadily Recovering After Successful Surgery

Uganda Cranes and Gor Mahia left back Shafik Batambuze remains optimistic about returning to the field of play in two months’ time following his successful surgery process.

The roving left back last featured for the Kenyan Premier League giants Gor Mahia last August during their CAF Champions League match against Burundian side Aigle Noir.

On the day, Batambuze had mixed reactions after sustaining a nusty injury despite the K’Ogalos running with a 4-1 victory against their counterparts.

That injury has kept the stylish player out of the team’s fold for some time, the latest recovery chats prove that the bad old days are behind Batambuze.

In November, the dreadlocked player underwent surgery at Corsu in Entebbe after suffering a meniscal tear that costed him a whooping Five Thousand Dollars (USD $5000) with reviews inclusive, amidst the financial difficulties at the club.

He was later discharged on Friday 22nd November from hospital and has been steadily improving since then.

ChimpReports understands that the former Singida United darling, has already started private indoor training sessions and anticipates regaining full fitness by June this year.

“I have recovered and started training on my own. Though I haven’t fully recovered but I’m very sure by June I will be ready for action since my progress is maturing everyday,” Batambuze exclusively disclosed.

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“I have been out for some time but, right now I feel much better because I started jogging and walking on my own and the knee is responding well.” Added Batambuze whose two year contract with the KPL holders ends in November this year.

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Earlier this week, reports indicated that Tanzania Premier League side, Yanga Sports Club’s head coach Eymael expressed interest in the Ugandan, leading the race of capturing his signature.

When probed, Batambuze seemed adamant about links but said that he would be open to a move.

“I haven’t received any call from Yanga Sports Club and I don’t know anything about the rumors because I haven’t communicated to any club in Tanzania. But if an opportunity comes then I can make a move since I’m running out of contract with Gor Mahia and my contract will end in November,” he noted.

Shafik Batambuze during Sportpesa Super Cup action against Everton

The left back previously featured for a number of clubs including SC Villa, Western Stima , Sofapaka, Tusker and Singida United.

Batambuze was also named in the squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which was hosted in Gabon.

He became the third Gor Mahia player to undergo Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in last calendar year after teammates winger Curtis Wekesa and defender Philemon Otieno were both diagnosed with the same problem and were operated on earlier in the season.

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