Tuesday Jan 21, 2020. 11:00
Mbwana Samatta will become the first Tanzanian footballer to play in the English Premier League after completing a move to Aston Villa on Monday evening.
Villa reportedly paid KRC Genk £10 million for the forward’s services. Samatta has signed a four-and-half year deal with the club, subject to receiving a work permit and international clearance being granted.
The move brings an end to weeks of speculation about his future as the former TP Mazembe striker now turns his focus to assist in keeping Villa in England’s top-flight.
Samatta had been one of the best players in Belgium for the past few seasons. He finished top scorer in the Pro League last season and has netted 10 goals in 28 appearances across all competitions in the current campaign; including three in six Champions League matches.
Talking to VillaTV he said: “I am so excited, this is a huge step for me in my career and for all the people in Tanzania this is a huge step as well. I am so happy.”
Villa head coach Dean Smith added: “I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club.
“He has scored goals throughout his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.”