Shafiq Batambuze (22) attempts to cross as Chongo Kabasa closes down Credit: © Kawowo Sports | AMINAH BABIRYE
[/media-credit] Shafiq Batambuze (22) in action during Uganda Cranes international friendly against Zambia at Namboole Credit: KAWOWO SPORTS

Uganda Cranes left back Shafik Batambuze has completed a move from the Kenya Premier League to Tanzania Vodacom League.

The intelligent player moves from Tusker to Singida United on a two-year deal.

The move was confirmed on Thursday by the Tanzanian side who expressed delight upon acquiring a player who they think will add substance to the current side.

“We are excited to have Shafik Batambuze, a Uganda Cranes international. He will bring quality to the Singida,” a club statement noted in part.

He is expected to join the Tanzanian outfit at the end of the season.

Batambuze was among the historic 23 players who made the grade as Uganda Cranes returned to the African Cup of Nations, for the first time in over 39 years.

He has previously played at BUL and the SC Villa junior side, Villa Jogoo in Uganda.

Christened Bachu, Batambuze was instrumental in Tusker’s league triumph last season where he is best remembered for scoring the winning goal during the last day of the season.

In Tanzania, he joins a number of other Ugandans plying their trade in that country.

Defender Murushid Jjuuko is with Simba, the trio of William Otongo, Tito Okello and Hood Mayanja feature for Mbeya City, Frank Muwonge is a goalkeeper at Stand United.

Former Uganda Cranes captain and assistant coach Jackson ‘Mia Mia’ Mayanja is assistant coach at Simba Sports Club.

All the aforementioned play in the top flight league.

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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