Samatta clears transfer hurdle

26Jan 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Samatta clears transfer hurdle

Mbwana Samatta has eventually cleared a month-long transfer controversy after TP Mazembe owner Moise Katumbi came into agreement to release the player and go ahead to join Belgium premiership club of KRC Genk yesterday.

Mbwana Samatta

Samatta’s agent Jamal Kisongo confirmed that the former TP Mazembe and Taifa Stars talismanic striker was expected to board a return flight to Dar es Salaam yesterday in preparation to join his new Belgium club.

The 24-year old football prodigy, who joined TP Mazembe in 2011 after featuring for Mainland’s top flight of Simba for half a season, was at crossroads after Katumbi insisted that he should join French Ligue 1 club of Nantes. However, Samatta had already signed a preliminary contract papers with the Belgium side for a transfer fee amounting to Euros 800,000.
Katumbi was interested to transfer Samatta to the French club at a disclosed fee amounting to Euros one million with after sales receivable percentage of 25 percent should the club resale the player elsewhere in the future.

With the Belgium club contract stretching to four and half years, TP Mazembe would be entailed to a 20 percent receivable after sale if Samatta will be sold elsewhere.

Financial interest was the basis for the transfer controversy that came to an end yesterday.

Samatta and his agent Kisongo traveled to Lubumbashi early last week to have a discussion with Katumbi with regard to clear the air over the protracted transfer deal.

The talismanic Samatta has scored 60 goals in 103 matches he featured for TP Mazembe ever since he joined the club five years ago. Statistics for the number of matches and goals he scored for Taifa Stars were not immediately available.

By joining the Belgium club, Samatta becomes the most expensive foreign-based player from Tanzania at the moment. His new milestone of winning African Footballer of the Year for Africa-based has added value to the player and stabilise his transfer market.

Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that Samatta has already secured entry visa that enables him to board a flight to Belgium and join his new club. Samatta will have to miss his striking partner Thomas Ulimwengu who is still featuring for the newly crowned African champions TP Mazembe. Ulimwemgu joined the Lubumbashi-based club in 2011 as well.

Tanzanian clubs have hardly exported players but instead import a number of them who features in the Mainland premiership fleet. The latest club to export player was Young Africans who sold winger Mrisho Ngasa to South African top flight side of Free State Stars.