Samatta arrives in Brussels, but...

29Jan 2016
Our Reporter
The Guardian
Samatta arrives in Brussels, but...

Former TP Mazembe talismanic striker who recently won the African Footballer of the year award for Africa-based players, Mbwana Samatta, arrived safely in Brussels yesterday to join his new club, Genk.

Mbwana Samatta

Samatta whose new transfer has been blessed by his former TP Mazembe boss, Moise Katumbi, has been cleared for the Genk Club after last week’s discussion with Katumbi.

However, his blessing to join the Belgium club was verbally as Katumbi is reported to have promised to forward the clearance credentials after his arrival in Brussels.

Reports from Brussels have it that Samatta’s formal arrangements with the club has been expertly done as his new club gears up to secure his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) from TP Mazembe officials.

However, the shortfall is expected to be ironed out within a short spell as long as Samatta has arrived in Brussels.

The Taifa Stars striker who featured for TP Mazembe for five years after his successful transfer from Simba in 2011, has been transferred to the Belgium club by Euros 800,000 with after sales receivable percentage of 20 percent to be gained by TP Mazembe.

Sammata’s move to the Belgium club was initially opposed by Katumbi who was interested to sale the player to French Club Nantes by a transfer fee amounting to Euros 1,000,000 and after sales receiovable percentage of 25 percent.

However, the transfer to Nantes was not Samatta’s interest and his agent Jamal Kisongo who pressed for a move to Belgium.

Possible future gains through players’ transfer transactions is what Kisongo and Samatta prompted to opt for the Belgium premiership club. Kisongo had also insisted that Samatta is almost guaranteed to enjoy playing time in his Genk club more frequently than the French club.

The Tanzania soccer star at present has been Stars’ marksman in many international matches but the number of goals he scored since he started to wear the national jersey were not immediately available from the football federation.

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