The 27-year-old Taifa Stars captain has finally made it to the Premier League after agreeing on a deal to move to Villa Park
On Tuesday, the struggling club confirmed in a statement published on their official website the 27-year-old has moved to Villa Park on a four-and-a-half-year deal.
Samatta becomes the first player from Tanzania to feature in the Premier League, which also has Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama.
Samatta, who moved to Belgium from Congolese giants Tout Puissant Mazembe in 2016, has seven goals in 20 Jupiler League outings so far this term.
Samatta captained Genk to the Belgian title last season, top-scoring with 20 goals from 28 appearances while, in the Europa League, rattled in nine from 12 appearances.
The striker, who represented Tanzania at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, began his professional career with Simba SC in his homeland and is the reigning holder of the Ebony Shoe – the prize awarded to the best African player in Belgium.
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It is a transfer which has left the East African region celebrating and some have promised to rally behind Aston Villa and help them to avoid being relegated as they are currently lying 18th on 22 points after 23 matches.
Below is how the fans reacted on Twitter.
— Mama Mpaka (@trudempaka) January 21, 2020
Harambee Stars striker Mbwana Samatta born in Kakamega, played for Kakamega High School and KPL side AFC Leopards has joined Premier League side Aston Villa from Genk. He becomes the second Kenyan to play in EPL after Victor Wanyama. Congrats bro. #MbwanaSamatta pic.twitter.com/VpMctPKZkY
— Sir. John (@MKJohn254) January 21, 2020
Straight outta Africa. Straight to my FPL team. 255 champion boy niite Mbwana Samatta. #KaribuSamatta
— Mark Jude ™ (@MacJuud) January 21, 2020
Kenyan International foward Mbwana Samatta signs a 4½ yr deal with English side Aston Villa.🇰🇪 pic.twitter.com/MiyV5N5rKm
— MN. (@_mainanjoki) January 20, 2020
— Carol Radull (@CarolRadull) January 21, 2020
First Tanzanian to score in the champions league and also Europa league
First Tanzanian to win African champions league
Now Becomes the First Tanzanian to join Premier league club and to play in the premier league
He lead his NT to Afcon after 39 years!
— محمد عبد العظيم (@Mido3bd) January 20, 2020
🇰🇪🇰🇪 🇰🇪 Mbwana Samatta signs 4 years deal with Aston Villa 🇰🇪 pic.twitter.com/GZh4roaYs5
— ÎČËBÔŸ™🐼🇰🇪 (@Caleb_Waswa_) January 21, 2020
— FK Nnko (@FrankMaxNnko) January 21, 2020
Aston Villa have completed a £10m deal for Genk and Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta. He is the first Tanzanian to play in the Premier League.@RadioJamboKenya @GidiOgidi #GidiNaGhostAsubuhi pic.twitter.com/Ub8nVKg9Ik
— Jamal (@MuxsiDiin) January 21, 2020
First Tanzanian to play in the premier league, Mbwana Samatta pic.twitter.com/gLQ2CRCInY
— Fancy Di Maria (@FancyDiMaria) January 19, 2020
Congrats Mbwana Samatta to be the first player from Tanzania to play EPL!🙏🇹🇿🙏🇹🇿🙏🇹🇿🙏🇹🇿🙏 pic.twitter.com/S1Obinkty2
— Tanzania Kwanza🙏🇹🇿🙏 (@TanzaniaKwanz15) January 18, 2020
Mbwana samatta is officially a claret,this one is a proper proper player,,east Africa’s finest export,,we proud of you mbwana,you deserve it#turf talk#soccer360 pic.twitter.com/rvAcNu8t2z
— Turf Talk KE (@turf_ke) January 17, 2020
Mbwana samatta is East African and as usual Kenyas ebullient nature cant be repressed in matters to do with football; we’re always bubbling over with excitement that’s why we hv claimed his nationality as Kenyan!
I hope u understand.
Just nod and say yes!
— RickyMozzart🇰🇪 (@pinngponng) January 17, 2020
Mbwana Samatta is the first ever Tanzanian player to play in the premier league🟣🇹🇿
He wore the Genk shirt 191 times scoring 76 goals⚽️
Let’s go Mbwana🔥#AVFC
— 🦁🦁🦁 (@ast0nvillafc) January 20, 2020
— Omondi Junior (@rawgie_254) January 20, 2020
Mbwana Samatta First Tanzanian to Play EPL…..
Tanzanian let’s take this oportunity to advatise Your country…. pic.twitter.com/F2M0xLEltx
— Mtanzania Halisi..!!! (@Tanzanian2045) January 17, 2020
Tanzania to set up a holiday to celebrate the signing of one of their own by Astonvilla, mbwana samatta is the first Tanzanian to play in the Epl.
— K.O.T G.O.A.T™🗯🇰🇪 (@ItsJohnMwendaH) January 21, 2020