Monday Feb 24, 2020. 11:00
Tanzania national team and Simba SC star Erasto Nyoni says Mbwana Samatta should be held up as a shining example to the country’s youth.
The Taifa Stars striker recently moved to Aston Villa from KRC Genk and became the first Tanzanian to play – and score – in the Premier League.
Nyoni’s says Samatta is an example of how hard work in the sport of football can reap great rewards.
“If you give respect to soccer, it will reciprocate the same respect,” Nyoni told Mwanaspoti.
“A good example is [Mbwana] Samatta who is playing in Europe now after respecting football as his sole job.
“He worked hard and had respect for what he was doing and the achievement is there to be seen.
“For every job to be enjoyable, one must work hard and the same applies to the young players in our league. They must respect the game and adhere to the rules that govern it.”
Nyoni also believes young players need to surround themselves with the right people and make the best use of social media to promote their cause.
“If they do a good job, they will surely market themselves to the teams outside the country and this has been enhanced by the presence of the social media,” he explained.
“The youngsters must also get good friends who will help them build their careers in the long run.
“They can get in touch with people from outside Tanzania and who are intricately connected with soccer and they will benefit for sure.”