Cesar Manzoki’s two-year stay at Vipers SC was undoubtedly successful, especially if what he achieved during his final season is anything to go by.
His maiden season (2020/21) was interrupted by injuries but there was a prospect of what should be expected from him when he scored 14 goals from 27 appearances across all competitions.
Indeed, the goal poacher in him did show up in the 2021/22 season when he finished as the Uganda Premier League top scorer with 18 goals as the Venoms won their fifth UPL title.
Besides the golden boot, Manzoki was named Player of the Season, Playmaker of the Season, Forward of the Season, Players’ Player of the Season, and was also in the Team of the 2021/22 Season.
Arguably, the Central African Republic forward is the best foreign player of his generation to have played in Uganda but according to former KCCA FC midfielder Sam Ssimbwa, he is not the best ever.
“Manzoki has been good during his time here but he is not the best foreign player to have ever played in Uganda,” the former Uganda Cranes player told Football256.
“There are more foreign players that performed better than him but undoubtedly he is amongst the best.”
“Ederi Muvumbane, Maurice Sunguti, Asan Bajope, Tote Songe, Ekutchu Kasongo were all very good players and far better than Manzoki.”
“There was a time when the federation tried hard to change Muvumbane’s nationality from Congo so that he can play for the Cranes but failed,” Ssimbwa noted.
Muvumbane, Bajope, Songe, and Kasongo were all from the Democratic Republic of Congo while Sunguti was a Kenyan – important to note that Manzoki was also a Congolese before switching nationality to the Central African Republic (CAR).
Muvumbane and Bajobe played for KCCA, Sunguti for both Express FC and SC Villa, Kasongo for Villa while Songe featured for Mbarara United and Express.
Meanwhile, Manzoki will forever remember his two-year spell in Uganda with Vipers having won two titles (Uganda Cup 2021 and UPL 2022).
Uganda Cup top scorer with seven goals in 2021 is the other of the many individual awards that he won.
In total, the former AS Vita striker played 56 goals, scored 32 goals, and managed 15 assists – a 47-goal involvement.
The 25-year-old has existed Kitende to join Chinese side Dalian FC on a four-month deal and in return, the Venoms received $400,000.