Vipers SC striker César Lobi Manzoki can’t hide his delight in as far as his first season has been at the club.
On top of scoring some important goals in the Uganda Premier League, the forward won the golden boot in the 2021 Stanbic Uganda Cup.
Manzoki scored seven goals in 8 games including a brace in the Venoms 8-1 victory over BUL FC in the final held on September 26,2021 at the Fufa Technical Centre, Njeru.
In an interview with club media, the Congolese import said he was elated at not only his personal achievement but also the club’s.
“As a striker there aren’t many individual awards you can win and this one shows you’ve had a good season throughout the whole campaign, that you’ve been a consistent performer,” Manzoki said.
“I’m really happy to have won it, especially in only my first full season in Ugandan football,” he added.
Although he faced critism at the beginning, the 23 year old number 9 all the same counts last season as generally successful.
“Even early on this season when I had just signed for Vipers SC, I was getting some criticism, so, to go on and win the top scorer’s gong shows I’ve had a great season.”
“It’s very pleasing for me to be able to answer those critics, but anyway I just concentrate on my own game, I know what I’m capable of and I’ve kept my confidence throughout,” he told Vipers website.
Despite winning the individual accolade, Manzoki believes it has been teamwork and can’t stop thinking the entire club setup.
“I have to give a big thanks to the team, the staff and everyone at the club because without them I wouldn’t be able to achieve personal accolades like this.”
Manzoki revealed that his teammates were the reason he managed to look the best.
“Obviously a lot of thanks goes to them[teammates] because I wouldn’t be scoring goals if they weren’t creating chances for me,” He noted, “We train day in, day out to achieve goals like this and they’ve been a big part of this award.”
He joined Vipers in 2020 from AS Vita Club.