Democratic Republic of Congo international defender Cedric Mongongu is back in the French league after joining Montpellier until the end of the season. The 27-year-old, who previously played in the French top flight with Monaco and Evian TG, was rewarded with a deal following a successful trial.
Mongongu has been a free agent since leaving Turkish side Eskişehirspor in January and has been added to the Montpellier squad to shore up a leaky defence. Struggling Montpellier have conceded 15 goals in Ligue 1 so far this season and are 17th in the table after one win in eight games. They only recently snapped up another African player, also a free agent, in the form of Benin midfielder Stephane Sessegnon.
Mongongu, who has 38 caps and two international goals, featured prominently when DR Congo finished third at the 2015 Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea. His last appearance for The Leopards came in November 2015 against Burundi as a lack of club football cast him into the international wilderness.
Montpellier Hérault Sport Club (commonly referred to as Montpellier HSC or simply Montpellier) is a French association football club based in the city of Montpellier. Montpellier currently plays in Ligue 1, the top level of French football and plays its home matches at the Stade de la Mosson, located within the city. The first team is managed by former football player Rolland Courbis and captained by defender Hilton.
Montpellier was founded under the name Stade Olympique Montpelliérain (SO Montpellier) and played under the name for most of its existence. The club won Ligue 1 for the first time in the 2011–12 season. Montpellier’s other honours to date include winning the Coupe de France in 1929 and 1990, and the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 1999. Montpellier is owned by Louis Nicollin, a French entrepreneur. In 2001, Montpellier introduced a women’s team.