Tanzania star bemoans forced break


Tanzania captain Mbwana Samatta has said it is tough staying idle at home without playing football in England but doing so is necessary in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

Samatta has made a dream start to life in English Premier League, scoring thrice in five appearances for Aston Villa since signing from Genk in Belgium only for his progress to be slowed down by the Covid-19 lockdown.

“I’m good and ok at home in Birmingham…this is the second biggest city in England after London and already, many cases have been reported here.

“All I can do is to try as much as possible to protect myself and my family from Covid-19, it is somewhat tricky to prevent, but better try because prevention is better than cure,” Tanzania’s Daily Mail quotes the former TP Mazembe front man saying.

“I take time to play with children, watch television and skip rope to burn calories. I am strictly following the training guidelines that were also given to me by the coach.

“It is not all that easy without playing football. I love football, it is my life so it is difficult for me, but we have to follow instructions.”

Samatta signed for Villa from Gent at 8.5 million pounds in the January transfer window.

The ‘Taifa Stars’ skipper also urged his countrymen to stay safe from Covid-19 by practicing preventing measures including washing hands.


He is the first Tanzanian to play in Premier League.

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By Peter Kanjere

FARPost’s Malawi/Africa Correspondent

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