Mbwana Samatta: The Tanzanian Who Made History

| 28.10.2020
Mbwana Samatta: The Tanzanian Who Made History

Mbwana Samatta: The Tanzanian Who Made History

Mbwana Samatta is an exceptional player from Tanzania. The Tanzanian star is the first East African football player to win the CAF champions league award.

Mbwana Samatta

Football stars hail from all walks of life. Yet, it’s so fascinating to meet an exceptional player from Tanzania. Tanzania is known for anything but football. But this Tanzanian star brought out the athletic abilities of the Tanzanians. 

If you love football, Mbwana Samatta’s blistering pace is no news to you. If you don’t love football, after reading this article, you will love football. 

Mbwana Samatta is a striker from Tanzania. He has exceptional football speed. His goal scoring techniques earned him the nickname “Sam goal.”

Life Story

Mbwana Ally Samatta is popularly known as “the guy from Mbagala.” The Tanzanian star was born on the 23rd of December, 1992 in the beautiful city of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ally Salaam. His father, Mr. Ally Salaam, is a retired police officer. He has a brother who is also a footballer.

Mbwana started exhibiting his athletic proficiency from his youth. At the young age of 16, he started playing football for African Lyod Squad. The Tanzanian celebrity footballer projected his football career to the shores of the English club. It has always been his dream to play for an English club. Mbwana has proven that he’s not only a goal scorer but also a goal-getter. Now he plays for a Turkish club on loan, Fenerbaçhe.

Mbwana is a devout Muslim. His support for his religion is admirable. After his fame, Mbwana built a mosque in his hometown, Mbagala, Dar Es Salaam. This feat made him more popular and accepted among the Tanzanians.

His Career

Mbwana’s football career started in 2008. He played for a club in his hometown named African Lyod Squad. After playing with this club for two years, Mbwana decided to take his career to the next level. He started his professional career in 2010. He played for another Tanzanian football club, Simba Sports Club. After spending half a season in this club, Mbwana moved to another club, Tout Puissant Mazembe (TP Mazembe). In this Congolese club, Mbwana spent five years playing for this club. During his stay, the exceptional goal scorer won the 2015 African champions league. He also earned six major trophies for the football club.

In the same year, Mbwana won the 2015 African based footballer award of the year. He moved from the Congolese club to a Belgian football club in 2016. The name of the club is Koninklijk Racing Club Genk, commonly called KRC Genk. During his stay, He helped the club win the Belgian Jupiler League. KRC Genk also qualified for the UEFA Europa League the same year with his help. Before this, he received the Ebony shoe for outstanding performance in KRC Genk. 

In 2016, CAF awarded Mbwana the CAF African player of the year. He received the award him in Abuja, Nigeria. Mbwana made history by being the first footballer from East Africa to receive this award.

Mbwana played for KRC Genk for four years. Before leaving the club, he became the first Tanzanian to score a goal for them in the European premier league. In January 2020, the 27-year-old player signed another deal with a European club, Aston Villa. This was a significant feat for him. 

Mbwana Samatta in Aston Villa

After this, Aston Villa transferred him to a Turkish club, Fenerbaçhe, in September 2020. He is currently playing for this club on loan till the end of the football season.


Mbwana is among the list of footballers who love a comfortable life. The 27-year-old player has earned the admiration of people from Tanzania and all over the world. His followers on Instagram are 1.9Million and still growing. 

We noticed that this villain loves luxurious cars. Nothing looks more enticing like his love for Mercedes Benz and range rovers. Not only does he have great taste, but also high class. Mbwana is a lover of nature. As seen in his Instagram handle, he takes time to relax and enjoy the environment.

Mbwaba has a flair for motivational quotes. His Twitter page has over 91 thousand followers. He keeps encouraging his followers with great motivational words. No doubt, the villain is from Africa.

Love Life

In October 2016, Mbwana married Nahima Omary. However, there’s not much information about their marriage on the internet. Mbwana has two children. 

Cool Facts You Don’t Know About Mbwaba Samatta.

  1. Mbwana is the first Tanzanian to play and score in the champion’s premier league.
  2. Mbwana married Nahima Omary in October 2016. They are happily married with two children.
  3. While playing for the Congolese club, TP Mazembe, he received the year’s African football player. He is the first footballer in East Africa to win the CAF award.
  4. After his feat with the Congolese club, he helped KFC Geek to bag the 2019 Belgian Jupiler League. 
  5. As the top goal scorer during the 2018/2019 season, Mbwana received the ebony shoe award.
  6. In 2017, Mbwana won the most influential young Tanzanian award.
  7. He signed a deal with Aston Villa FC on the 25th of September 2020, becoming the first Tanzanian to play for a premier league club. Aston Villa made a transfer fee of £8.5 million to KRC Genk.
  8. After his deal with Aston Villa, Mbwana earns a huge sum of 1.1 million pounds every month.
  9. Mbwana is the captain of the Tanzania national football team.

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