Vipers Sports Club has completed all documentation related to the acquisition of right back Abdul Karim Nizigiyimana Makenzi from Gor Mahia of Kenya.

The roving defender who joins on a free transfer, put pen to paper on a two year renewable contract hence becoming a full Venom until 2021.

Nizigiyimana who started his career as a youth at Prince Louis in Burundi ended a successful period at the Kenyan champions in December following four fruitful seasons there.

Karim signing Vipers SC contract

His senior career started at Vitalo (Burundi) in 2006 from where he moved to APR (Rwanda) in 2008 before Kiyovu Sports snatched him in 2009 enroute to Congolese giants AS Vita where he spent almost the whole of 2010.

After just a year in Democratic republic of Congo, he returned to Vitalo towards the end of 2010 and Rayon Sports signed him in 2011 however, his spell at the Rwandese club ended in 2015 when he joined Gor Mahia.

He won two league crowns at K’ogalo and one at Rayon Sports as the first choice right back for the vast majority of his time at both clubs and at 29 years, its fair to say more years of his career are still ahead.

The Burundi national team captain, brings with him a winning mentality that often came to the fore during his spell at all the previous clubs where he consistently performed well, he is solid, does spectacular things on the ball and his experience at the top level would benefit the club.

His capture completed Vipers transfer business in January after securing Innocent Wafula and Hamis Kiiza to strengthen an already strong squad.


Full Names: Abdul Karim Nizigiyimana Makenzi
Date of Birth: June 21, 1989
Place of Birth: Bujumbura
Age: 29
Height: 1,72 m.
Playing position: Defender
Nationality: Burundian
Youth career
2002–2006: Prince Louis FC

Former Clubs:

Vital’O FC (Burundi) 2006 – 2008
APR (Rwanda) 2008–2009
Kiyovu Sports (Rwanda) 2009–2010
AS Vita Club (DRC) 2010
Vital’O F.C (Burundi) 2010-2011
Rayon Sports (Rwanda) 2011-2015
Gor Mahia (Kenya) 2015 – 2018

National Team Career:
Burundi: 2007 to date


Rwanda Premier League winner: 2012/13 with Rayon Sports.
Kenya Premier League winner: 2017 & 2018 with Gor Mahia.