Aston Villa sign Mbwana Samatta

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta from Belgian side Genk.

It is understood that Villa have agreed to pay £8.5m to buy the 27-year-old. Dean Smith’s side are in need of a new striker after Wesley’s season-ending knee injury.

When Samatta debuts for Villa, he will become the first Tanzanian player to play in the Premier League.

Samatta is arguably one of the most prolific goal scorers in African history. In his one season with Simba as a teenager, he scored 13 goals in 25 appearances. His outstanding performances as a youngster in Tanzania earned him a move to African heavyweights TP Mazembe, where he led them to four Linafoot titles, two Super Cups, and the 2015 CAF Champions League title, where he was the joint highest scorer with seven goals.

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In addition to winning the CAFCL in 2015, Samatta was awarded with a place in the CAF Team of the Year, and was voted as CAF’s African Inter-Club Player of the Year. He moved to Genk in 2016 for €800k, where he has solidified himself as one of the best players in Belgian.

Mbawna Samatta has scored 76 goals and assisted 20 in 191 games with Genk. This past season he finished as the top scorer and became the first east African to win the coveted Ebony award for the best African or African-origin player in the Belgian Pro League.

With the National Team, Samatta has scored 20 goals in 56 appearances.

Aston Villa are currently sitting in the relegation zone after their 6-1 drumming at the hands of Manchester City.