Mbwana Samatta has stated that he wants his breakthrough into the Premier League (PL) to serve as an inspiration for many of his countrymen, hoping that he can help Tanzanian footballers believe that they too can make the journey to the top.
The 27-year-old, who moved to Aston Villa from Belgian Jupiler League side Genk on a four-and-a-half-year deal in January, became the first Tanzanian to compete in the English Premier League as he made a goal-scoring debut for Villa in a 2-1 dfeat to Bournemouth on February 1, 2020.
“When I was starting my professional career, the ultimate goal I set myself was to play in England,” the Tanzanian captain told FIFA.com.
“But more than a goal achieved, coming here was, above all, the realisation of a dream.
“It’s a dream that a great many Tanzanian players pursue but one that had never been achieved before. I realise therefore how fortunate I am,” added Samatta.
The former TP Mazembe star also cherishes his personal accomplishments in English football as the first Tanzanian player score a goal in the Premier League.
“It’s a source of great personal pride, but I hope it can serve to help others. If I can succeed, then other Tanzanians can too, and if I can help them believe in themselves, so much the better.”
Samatta is a household name in Tanzania, having scored 21 goals in 57 international matches.
He played a key role in ensuring the ‘Taifa Stars’ qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) for the first time in 40 years.
“Faith in God and faith in myself were the keys to my success. As well as that, there’s a lot of sacrifice, hard work, determination and discipline,” concluded the Villa striker.
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