Gor Mahia defender Shafik Batambuze has finally undergone surgery on his damaged Anterior Cruciate Ligament and is set for a spell on the sidelines as he focuses on his recovery.
The Ugandan defender picked the injury during a Caf Champions League match against Burundian side Aigle Noir in August. At first, it was thought to be a minor injury but it later emerged to be a major problem that required surgery.
With the club struggling financially, the left-back was forced to fundraise from fans and well-wishers to cater for his surgery. Gor had promised to pay for the bill once funds were available but Sportpesa’s departure means the club is struggling even to cater to its bills.
A substantial amount of money was realized from the contributions and the player has now gone under the knife. His surgery has been confirmed by the club through a post on social media. The player will remain in hospital until November 22 when he will be released.
“News Update: Batambuze has gone through surgery and will be discharged on Friday 22nd November 2019. We wish him a quick recovery,” read the brief statement from the club.
— Gor Mahia FC (@FCGorMahia) November 19, 2019
He becomes the third Gor Mahia player to undergo ACL surgery this season. Winger Curtis Wekesa and defender Philemon Otieno were both operated on earlier in the season.