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OFFICIAL: Mbwana Samatta becomes the first Tanzanian to play in the English Premier League.

Tanzania international striker, Mbwana Samatta has completed a £10m move from Belgian side Genk to join Aston Villa on a four and half year deal in the ongoing winter transfer window.

This move has really made history in his homeland as he becomes the first Tanzanian to ever play in the Premier league. Samatta is coming in as a replacement for club’s first choice striker Wesley who has been ruled out for the rest of the campaign due to a knee injury.

Manager Dean Smith really needed the service of the Taifa Stars skipper as his back up striker Keinan Davies who has also been sidelined due to injury whiles Ivorian Jonathan Kodjia also left just yesterday to join Qatari top flight side Al Gharafa.

According to the manager, it has been his target to sign Samatta in the last summer transfer window but things couldn’t go through. Despite acquiring the service of the Tanzanian, another African in Islam Slimani, the on loan Leicester City forward currently at A.S Monaco is likely to also make a switch to the Villa Park to strengthen the attacking force of the Claret and Blues.

The 27 year old forward comes on board with a huge talent and also remains one of the best centre forwards in the African continent even after departing T.P Mazembe to move to Belgium in 2016. He won a lot of domestic and continental titles during his DR.Congo spell and also single handedly qualify the Taifa Stars to the AFCON for the first time in over thirty years.

Mbwana Samatta since the commencement of last season has netted 42 goals in 79 games in all competitions for Genk having finished as the top scorer in the Belgian league last season. Also, he was named African player of the year in the same league making him the first East African to land that accolade.

Again, he is also the first ever Tanzanian in history to score a goal in the UEFA Champions League after registering his name on the score sheet against Liverpool FC during the Group Stages. New chapter opened, history made in Tanzania. All the best Mbwana Samatta.

By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim

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