Why Samatta lost interest in Nantes?

27Jan 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Why Samatta lost interest in Nantes?

Jamal Kisongo who is Mbwana Samatta’s agent has strongly defended a decision made by the player to join Belgium premiership side of KRC Genk instead of French club Nantes.

Mbwana Samatta

Kisongo said though Nantes were ready to dish out a relatively high transfer fee, there are several reasons that are highly beneficial for Mbwana Samatta to play down the lucrative offer.

He said there has been an agreement between him and the Belgium club management to recruit at least two players in every season that will be tested in the Genk’s development team. Kisongo said this agreement is beneficial as it will open door for several Tanzanian footballers to try their luck in searching for greener pastures. He said Nantes did not entertain such opportunities which world have been missed had Samatta joined the French side. There is no guarantee for those players who will be making trials with the Belgium side to be directly recruited but Kisongo insisted that the opportunity is significant.

Kisongo also said Samatta has huge possibility of winning first-choice team with Genk than with the French club due to difference in competition among players between the two teams. He is highly optimistic over Samatta to play frequently with the Belgium side than with Nantes.

He said it is very important for a player to win first team selection for matches than rot on the bench as a substitute. It is his opinion that the more Samatta gets playing time with his new team, the more he secures exposure to explore his profession.

Kisongo says the Euro 200 difference between Genk and Nantes is highly trivial as contrasted to the benefits most likely to be accrued from Nantes.

“We have a lot of players in Tanzania wishing to try their luck with European side and it is not easy to get those who would match the prowess of samatta. Therefore Genk might open doors to our future football stars given an opportunity”, he said.

Samatta and his former TP Mazembe boss Moise Katumbi came into a collision course over which of the two clubs the player should join. While Samatta opted for the Belgium side, Katumbi was interested to sale him to the French side on the grounds of high transfer fee and receivable revenues for any future sales should Nantes resale the player.

Nantes offered 25 percent for any future sales and the transfer fee amounting to Euros one million. Genk had their transfer fee amounting to Euros 800,000 and projected receivable sales percentage of twenty percent.

Samatta joined the Lubumbashi-based TP Mazembe club in 2011 crossing over from Simba Sports Club where he featured for half a season. The young player who spent five years at the DRC club made an instant impression with the Lubumbashi top flight side to win accolades from football fraternity. He won the CAF African Footballer of the Year award for Africa-based players a fortnight ago to trigger his new transfer to the Belgium side.