Samatta switches to Mo Salah's agency as he targets EPL move

03Dec 2019
Michael Mwebe
The Guardian
Samatta switches to Mo Salah's agency as he targets EPL move

TANZANIA’s national soccer team skipper, Mbwana Samatta, has dumped his agent, Margareth Byrne, after she had failed to facilitate a deal for him to move to his coveted destination, English Premier League.

Byrne, an ex-Sunderland CEO, signed Samatta under her First For Players Agency which also has Democratic Republic of Congo international, Yannick Bolassie, and Dutch and Norwich FC goalkeeper, Tim Krul, among its clients.

The agency’s first transfer was for Bolasie, moving him from Crystal Palace to Everton FC for a record fee said to be in the region of £28m.

Samatta had hoped to secure a switch to England in the August transfer window following his stellar campaign. He could hardly have enjoyed a better 2019 year.

He fired KRC Genk to the Jupiler League title and won the Ebony Shoe for his efforts, an award given to the best African or player of African origin in Belgium.

He also helped Tanzania qualify for AFCON for the first time in 39 years.

He has scored 20 goals and grabbed six assists across all competitions for club and country so far in 2019 to earn a nomination in the 2019 CAF African Player of the Year award.

After being linked with several top five European sides, Samatta was hoping he could join English Premier League club ahead of the transfer deadline in August.

However nothing materialized and he has been made to remain at KRC Genk at least until January.

The 26-year-old KRC Genk striker has already found a new representative as he hopes to secure a transfer in the coming January transfer window.

He has signed with Spocs Consulting which represents reigning African player of the year, Mohamed Salah, and former Chelsea fullback, Baba Rahman, among other clients.

The transition has been made formal through a social media announcement on Spoc account that read ‘Best regards from Genk and welcome Mbwana Samatta to SPOCS’.

This is the third agency for the forward, who previously turned out for Tanzania’s Simba SC and Democratic Republic of Congo’s TP Mazembe.

He signed with Sportback Football agency which is managed and operated by Nicolas Onissé who facilitated his move to KRC Genk.

Samatta then ended his relationship with Sportback Football and joined First For Players agency late last year in a bid to inch closer to his dream of playing in the English Premier League.