OFFICIAL: Tanzania’s Mbwana Samatta joins Aston Villa

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Tanzania international Mbwana Samatta has officially joined Premier League side Aston Villa coming from Belgian side KRC Genk.

Samatta’s performances with Genk caught the eye Premier League side Aston Villa, who signed the 27-year-old for a reported £10 million fee.

He has been acquired to replace Brazilian striker Wesley, who will be out until the end of the season with an ACL injury.

Since his move to Belgium coming from African giants TP Mazembe, Samatta has made 191 appearances across all competitions.

Samatta directly contributed to 96 goals [76 goals and 20 assists] and guided them to the 2018-2019 Belgian Pro League as well as the 2019 Belgian Super Cup.

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Most of his goal contributions came in his 144 appearances in the league, but he was also quite prolific on the continental stage, having scored 17 goals in 36 between the Europa League and Champions League.

On the international level Samatta has made 39 appearances for Tanzania scoring 14 goals and providing four assists. He also captained them to their first Africa Cup of Nations final in 39 years.

Now the former Simba SC man will join Aston Villa where he will share a dressing room with Egyptian duo Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’ and Ahmed Elmohammady.

Despite having produced some solid displays throughout the season, the Villans are currently battling to avoid relegation as they sit 18th with 21 points. Their next game will be against 14th-placed Brighton on Saturday, January 18th.

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