Tuesday Sep 15, 2020. 12:00
Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta has said that his success can inspire others from his country to chase their dreams.
The Tanzania national team captain made history earlier this year when he became the first player from the country to feature in the Premier League, following his move from Belgium’s KRC Genk to Aston Villa back in the European winter transfer.
“When I was starting my professional career, the ultimate goal I set myself was to play in England,” he told the FIFA website.
“But more than a goal achieved, coming here was, above all, the realisation of a dream. It’s a dream that a great many Tanzanian players pursue but one that had never been achieved before. I realise therefore how fortunate I am!”
Samatta also became the first Tanzanian to score in the English top flight, when he netted against Bournemouth on 1 February 2020.
“It’s a source of great personal pride, but I hope it can serve to help others,” he said. “If I can succeed, then other Tanzanians can too. And if I can help them believe in themselves, so much the better!”
The 27-year-old added that “faith in God and faith in myself were the keys to my success”, as well as “a lot of sacrifice, hard work, determination and discipline”.
Samatta will hope to feature for Aston Villa when they play in the EFL Cup against Burton this evening, as well as their Premier League season-opener at home to Sheffield United next Monday, 21 September.