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Confederations Cup: Mixed Emotions For Batambuze As Gor Mahia Make History

Saturday, March 17
Gor Mahia (Kenya) 1-0 Petro Atletico (Angola)

Uganda’s left back Shafic Batambuze had a night to remember, to say the least, as Gor Mahia squeezed through by the skin of their teeth to the knock out of the 2018/19 CAF Confederations Cup.

Batambuze who joined Gor in 2018 as a free agent after his contract with Tanzanian side Singida ended, was sent off on his birthday late in the game.

“Always God is the best,” posted Batambuze after the game. “My day could have been bad because of the red card I got but there’s something called teamwork made me cry tear of joy..”

Gor who had earlier seen coach Hassan Oktay and Ernest Wendo receive matching orders in the first stanza, finished the intense game with only nine men.

Batambuze in action. Courtesy photo

Gor went into Sunday’s game bottom of Group D on six points after five matches but a 1-0 win gave the K’Ogala maximum points to top the log.

The side became the first Kenyan club to reach the quarters of Confederation Cup, thanks to Jacques Tuyisenge’s penalty.

Erisa Ssekisambu came on for Nicholas Kiprikui late in the game as Gor held on for the important victory.

Salim Jamal is the other Ugandan player to reach the knockout after the goalkeeper helped Sudan’s Al Hilal to a 4-1 win over Nkana.

Qualified Teams:
RSB Bekene (Morocco), Hassania Agadir (Morocco), CS Sfaxien (Tunisia), Etoile du Sahel (Tunisia), Al Hilal (Sudan), Nkana (Zambia), Gor Mahia (Kenya), Zamalek (Egypt).

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