Montpellier sign DR Congo defender Cedric Mongongu

Cedric Mongongu
Congolese defender Cedric Mongongu

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.