Tuesday Feb 04, 2020. 14:00
Mbwana Samatta says he is happy to be breaking ground for Tanzanian football following the immediate impact he has made for Aston Villa.
The 27-year-old became the first Tanzanian to appear (and score) in the Premier League this past weekend when he netted in Villa’s 2-1 loss to Bournemouth.
“It makes me feel great because back in Tanzania they were always looking for someone to play in the premier league,” he told BBC Sport.
“As you can see they support me very well. It was a good moment [making my debut].
“It was a dream and it came true, it’s nice to be in the premier league and of course everybody in Tanzania are happy with that.”
Villa’s other African stars, such as Egyptian Ahmed Elmohamady, Trezeguet and Zimbabwean Marvelous Nakamaba have helped Samatta settle since his January move from Belgian side Genk.
“They helped me a lot to settle in and you feel like you can perform here, you can play. They were so good to me since I joined the team and they encourage me a lot to be better,” said the striker, who says he is undaunted by the relegation battle faced by Villa.
“We will try to win a lot of points, it’s our challenge right now and we have to do it,” Samatta explained.
“It’s a tough competition, they are right when they say it’s the number one competition in the world, it’s tough. It’s not the same as Belgium.
“Here you have to be ready physically, mentally and you have to be ready to perform every weekend. Every game is a tough game, every opponent is not easy to win.”