Congolese striker Cesar Manzoki Lobi has completed a move to the 2020 Startimes Uganda Premier League champions Vipers Sports Club from Democratic Republic of Congo giants AS Vita, the club has confirmed.
Vipers SC beat off strong competition to land their man, who was on the radar on many top teams on the continent due to his goal-filled tenure in the Congolese capital.
Manzoki, who confirmed that the move to Vipers was decided upon after critical thinking, had this to say to the club website, “I am so happy to be here,” exclaimed Manzoki after his paperwork was given the green light.
“I want to use this chance well. My dream is to become an important player for Vipers. I hope I can become a starter immediately and hope to win some trophies with my new team. I hope I can push my career further. My goals are that simple.”
The Congolese striker who is believed to have signed a lucrative two-year contract with the Kitende-based money bags completed his switch yesterday as his transfer was finally cleared, having received his International Transfer Certificate making him the fifth signing at St.Marys’s Stadium as head coach Fred Kajoba prepares to retain the league trophy. Manzoki becomes just the second Congolese to play for the venoms after Clovis Mbaye.
Having joined AS Vita in 2017, the striker who has the ability to drift towards the flanks and center of the park will surely cause lots of problems for defenders in the Ugandan league as he looks to replicate and better the form that saw him score 38 goals in 58 appearances in Kinshasa.
Born on October 12, 1996, the 24-year-old striker made his topflight debut for Dauphin Noir de Goma, where he lasted five seasons before joining Congolese giants TP Mazembe where he scored 12 goals in just 21 appearances between 2016-2017. He later made a trip across Kinsansha and joined AS Vita, which he parted ways with at the end of last season. He made his national team debut in 2019 and since registered three goals for the Leopards. The striker, who is also an aerial threat, brings loads o experience to a side that will be touring the African continent next season. He has been featured in Africa’s premier competition scoring 6 goals in 9 appearances in the CAF Champions League. He has also won 12 caps in the CAF Confederation Cup