Batambuze eyes return to action after recovery

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Ugandan defender Shafik Batambuze is delighted to be back to playing football after being sidelined for months with a knee injury.

The left-back player picked up a knee injury while turning out for Gor Mahia in a CAF Champions League tie against Aigle Noir of Burundi in Nairobi and has been out of action since undergoing surgery in November last year.

Currently in Uganda, Batambuze notes that his recovery process has been rolling well and light private training sessions have been part of his program. “My recovering is maturing daily. I have been following the physio program…. I started training moving up the ladder and by next month, it’s my hope and prayers that l will be in good shape – it’s time l can’t wait for.”

Though happy to kick a ball again, Batambuze says it’s not been easy and appreciates those who have been there for him.

“It’s been a bit tough…. not easy for sure to be in this state as a footballer but thanks to my family, friends, and all those who have been there for me because they have been so supportive in my recovery journey. With their good support, I have managed to get this far.”

The season is off with the COVID-19 containment measures in place but the dreadlocked defender says: “With the good and steady progress l have had in the recovery process, by next month l will be engaging in full training and that means, if football is to resume by July, l will be able to join my team-mates. Let’s see how it goes.”

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