Mbwana Samatta is set to become the first Tanzania player to ply his trade in the famous English Premier League.
Aston Villa has announced the signing of the Taifa Stars striker from Belgium Club KRC Genk.
He has put pen to paper on a four-and-half-year deal subject to work permit and international clearance being granted, the club has revealed.
“Since I was a kid, I used to like watching Premier League games and one of the teams I used to watch was Aston Villa,” Samata told the club TV.
“I know many things about Aston Villa but most of all are some of the players who used to play here before. I used to watch Gabby (Gabriel) Agbonlahor when he was here. It’s a massive club for me.”
Samata has scored 10 goals for Genk this season, and majorly caught the club’s attention when he scored against Liverpool at Anfield in the Champions league.
The 27-year old added:
“It’s a huge step for me in my career. For all the people from Tanzania, this is a very big step for the country as well.
“Everybody there, they were looking for it to see when someone from Tanzania could play in the Premier League, and here today I am.”