After four trophy laden seasons with African giants TP Mazembe, Tanzanian striker Mbwana Ally Samatta has finally moved to Europe.

The reigning African based player of the year has signed a four and half year deal at Belgian side KRC Genk that will see keep him at the club till 2020.

The CAF Champions league winner and four times league champion with DR Congo was unveiled by the club on Friday and immediately handed shirt number 77.

Born in 1992, Samatta joined TP Mazembe in 2011as a 19 year old from Simba SC of Tanzania; a side he featured for only six months having crossed from African Lyon.

On their part, the African champions thanked the striker for the time he has served the club and wished him all the best at his new club.

“The TP Mazembe family wishes good luck to the boy who always gave his best for the club. A striker who played arguably the biggest role in the conquest of the fifth star.”

Samatta thanked the club for raising him as a young boy to the stage of realizing his dream of playing in Europe.

“It’s a dream come true. I have always targeted a career in Europe and to this effect; I thank TP Mazembe for raising me as a young boy to this stage.”

With Ugandan Farouk Miya expected to join Standard Liege, he becomes the second player from East Africa to move to the Jupiler Pro League.

About KRC Genk

Formed in 1988, the club are three times league champions; 1998/99, 2001/02 and 2010/11. They also won four Belgian Cups, most recently in 2008-09 and in 2012-13. They qualified for the UEFA Champions League group stage in the 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons.  

The club has one of the best youth academies and has produced among other stars Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea FC), Christian Benteke (Liverpool), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City and Divock Origi (Liverpool).  

Senior Staff writer at Kawowo Sports mainly covering football

Leave a comment

Please let us know what you think