Mbwana Samatta Biography – Club Career, Personal Life and More

Born on December 23, 1992, Mbwana Samatta (Mbwana Ally Samatta) is a Tanzania professional soccer player who plays in the Belgian First Division A as a striker for Antwerp, on loan from Fenerbahçe S.K. and the national soccer team of Tanzania.

Mbwana Samatta started his career in 2008 as a youth player for the Tanzanian soccer team African Lyon. He turned pro in 2010 with Simba Sports Club. At Simba Sports Club, he played only half of the season with Simba Sports Club before moving to TP Mazembe, where he spent five years. He was awarded the Africa-based Player of the Year award in 2015, finishing the season on top of the goalscorers’ chart in the CAF Champions League as he helped TP Mazembe win the trophy.

Mbwana Samatta penned a deal with Belgian club KRC Genk in January 2016. He helped Genk qualify for the UEFA Europa League and win the Belgian First Division A title in 2019. He ended the season as the highest goalscorer in the Jupiler League and went on to win the Ebony Shoe award in Belgium in recognition of the outstanding season he had with Genk.

Mbwana Samatta joined Aston Villa in January 2020, becoming the first Tanzanian-born player to play and score in the Premier League.

Mbwana Samatta signing a contract with Aston Villa
Mbwana Samatta signing a contract with Aston Villa

Mbwana Samatta Club Career

Samatta was a key player during TP Mazembe’s run to the 2015 CAF Champions League Final. He scored seven goals and ended the competition as the highest goalscorer. He scored a remarkable hat trick in the group stage fixture against Moghreb Tetouan to book their spot in the semifinals, where they were drawn against Al-Merrikh SC of Sudan. TP Mazembe went on to lift the trophy by defeating U.S.M. Alger of Algeria 4-1 on aggregate, with Mbwana Samatta finding the net in both legs.

At the Glo CAF Awards held at the International Conference Center, Abuja, on January 7, 2016, Mbwana Samatta became the first player from East Africa to be named the CAF African Player of the Year. He got 127 points to beat his TP Mazembe teammate and Congo D.R.C. goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba, who garnered 88 points, and Algeria’s Baghdad Bounedjah, who had 63 points.

Mbwana Samatta at Genk

After claiming the best African player on the continent award, Mbwana Samatta signed a 4.5-year deal with KRC Genk. In a ranking poll conducted by Avance Media, he was voted the 2017 Most Influential Young Tanzanian.

On August 23, 2018, Mbwana Samatta netted a hat trick goal against Brondby IF in the UEFA Europa League for a 5-2 victory.

Mbwana Samatta led the goal-scoring chart in the Belgian First Division A in the 2018-2019 season, scoring 20 goals as Genk won the league. He won the Ebony Shoe award in May 2019 to recognize his achievement during the season.

Mbwana Samatta While at Aston Villa

On January 20, 2020, Mbwana Samatta penned a 4.5-year contract with English Premier League team Aston Villa. The deal made him the first Tanzanian to sign for a Premier League team and the 117th different nationality to participate in the competition. The transfer fee Genk got was reported as £8.5 million. He made his debut for Villa eight days later in the club’s 2-1 EFL Cup semifinal second-leg victory over Leicester City, which put the club through to the final.

On February 1, 2020, Mbwana Samatta scored on his league debut for Villa in a 2-1 loss to AFC Bournemouth. The goal made him the first Tanzanian to play and score in the English Premier League.

 

Mbwana Samatta at Fenerbahce

On September 25, 2020, Mbwana Samatta signed for Super Lig club Fenerbahce SK on an initial loan agreement until the end of the season. As part of the deal, he subsequently signed a 4-year contract when his loan spell ended in July 2021.

Mbwana Samatta joined Royal Antwerp on a season-long loan on September 1, 2021.

 

Mbwana Samatta Personal Life

Mbwana Samatta is a Moslem. He made the umrah pilgrimage to Makkah in 2018 with his Genk teammate Omar Colley.

Mbwana Samatta Career Statistics as of January 2022

Statistics by Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition

Mbwana Samatta International Statistics as of March 2021

Mbwana Samatta National team goals and appearances by year
Mbwana Samatta National team goals and appearances by year

Mbwana Samatta’s Goals That have Been Scored Internationally

List of international goals scored by Mbwana Samatta
List of international goals scored by Mbwana Samatta

Honours Received by Mbwana Samatta

Honours While at Individual

  • 2018–19: Belgian First Division A Golden Shoe
  • 2019: Ebony Shoe
  • 2015: African Inter-Club Player of the Year
  • 2015: CAF Champions League top scorer
  • 2015: CAF Team of the Year

Honours While at Genk

  • 2019: Belgian Super Cup
  • 2018–19: Belgian Pro League

Honours While at TP Mazembe

  • 2011, 2012, 2013, 2013–14: Linafoot
  • 2015: CAF Champions League
  • 2013, 2014: DR Congo Super Cup

Honours While at Aston Villa

  • EFL Cup runner-up: 2019–20

Mbwana Samatta Salary and Net Worth Revealed

The striker signed a deal with Aston Villa in January 2020. With the deal, he earns a massive £1.1 million (€1.3 million) per year. This figure means Mbwana Samatta earns £3,014 and €3,562 per day and £126 (€148) per hour.

Yearly £1,130,435 €1,300,000
Monthly £94,203 €108,333
Weekly £21,739 €25,000
Daily £3,097 €3,562
Per hour £129 €148
Per minute £2 €2

This breakdown means an average man needs to work for at least 3.05 years to earn what Mbwana Samatta earns in only one month.

Mbwana Samatta Net worth and Market value

Net worth £2.6 million €3 million
Market value £8.3 million €9.5 million

Samatta’s goal-scoring exploit has netted him €3 million so far. His market value is estimated to be €9.5 million.

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