Mbwana Samatta

Mbwana Ally Samatta (born 23 December 1992) is a Tanzanian professional footballer who plays as a striker for and captains both Belgian side Genk and the Tanzania national football team.

Mbwana Samatta
Mbwana Samatta as the captain for Tanzania
Personal information
Full name Mbwana Ally Samatta
Date of birth (1992-12-23) 23 December 1992[1]
Place of birth Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
2008–2010 African Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Simba SC 25 (13)
2011–2016 TP Mazembe 103 (60)
2016– Genk 98 (43)
National team
2011– Tanzania 56 (20)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 01:13, 10 December 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:42, 19 November 2019 (UTC)

Samatta began his career as a youth player for Tanzanian club African Lyon in 2008. He turned professional in 2010 with Simba Sports Club, where he played for only half of the season before moving to TP Mazembe, spending a total of five years with them, initially becoming a first-team regular. He was named the 2015 African based Player of the Year, and finished the season as the top goalscorer of the CAF Champions League as he helped TP Mazembe to win the title.

In January 2016, Samatta signed for Belgian side KRC Genk, helping them to qualify for Europa League and win the Belgian Jupiler League in 2019. He also finished the season as the top goalscorer for the Belgian Jupiler League. Also he won the Ebony Shoe award in Belgium for his outstanding season with Genk.


Samatta was a key figure as TP Mazembe won the 2015 CAF Champions League, scoring seven goals in the process and finishing as the competition's top scorer.[2]

In January 2016, he became the first player from East Africa to be crowned the CAF African Player of the Year based on the continent. During the Glo-CAF Award gala which took place on 7 January 2016 at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, Nigeria. Mbwana garnered a total of 127 points, ahead of his TP Mazembe teammate and DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba, who amassed 88 points. Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah trailed in third place with 63 points.[3] He scored a memorable hattrick for TP Mazembe against Moghreb Tétouan which secured a place in CAF semi-finals 2015.[4]

Shortly after winning the prize for best African player in African leagues, he signed a 4.5-year contract with KRC Genk.[5] On 23 August 2018 Samatta scored a hat-trick against Brøndby IF in the Europa League for a 5–2 win.[6]

In May 2019 he was awarded the Ebony Shoe award.[7]

Personal life

Samatta is a Muslim. He made the umrah to Mecca in 2018 with his teammate Omar Colley.[8]

Career statistics


As of match played on 7 December 2019
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalOtherTotalRef.
Simba2010–11Tanzanian Premier League 2513[lower-alpha 1]22515 [9][10]
TP Mazembe2011Linafoot 8282 [9][10]
2012 2923863729 [9][10]
2013 37205[lower-alpha 1]54225 [9][10]
2013–14 2915843719 [9][10]
2014–15 6464 [10]
2015–16 6464 [10]
Total 103600033230013683
Genk2015–16Belgian Pro League 620012[lower-alpha 2]3185 [11]
2016–17Belgian First Division A 27104218510[lower-alpha 2]35920 [11]
2017–18 2044011[lower-alpha 2]4358 [11]
2018–19 28201012910[lower-alpha 2]35132 [11]
2019–20 1771053102410 [11]
Total 9843102003517441318775
Career totals 2261161020068424413348173
  1. Soccerway lacks number of appearances
  2. Includes Belgian First Division A playoffs


As of matches played on 19 November 2019[9]
Tanzania national team

International goals

Scores and results list Tanzania's goal tally first.[9]
1.26 March 2011National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Central African Republic2–12–12012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2.3 September 2011 Algeria1–01–1
3.11 January 2013Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ethiopia1–11–2Friendly
4.6 February 2013National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Cameroon1–01–0
5.24 March 2013 Morocco2–03–12014 FIFA World Cup qualification
7.4 December 2013Afraha Stadium, Nakuru, Kenya Burundi1–01–02013 CECAFA Cup
8.12 December 2013Nyayo National Stadium, Nairobi, Kenya Zambia1–11–12013 CECAFA Cup
9.3 August 2014Estádio do Zimpeto, Maputo, Mozambique Mozambique1–11–22015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
10.7 October 2015National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Malawi1–02–02018 FIFA World Cup qualification
11.14 November 2015 Algeria2–02–22018 FIFA World Cup qualification
12.23 March 2016Stade Omnisports Idriss Mahamat Ouya, N'Djamena, Chad Chad1–01–02017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
13.25 March 2017National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Botswana1–02–0Friendly
15.10 June 2017 Lesotho1–01–12019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
16.27 March 2018 DR Congo1–02–0Friendly
17. 16 October 2018  Cape Verde2–02–02019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
18.27 June 201930 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt Kenya2–12–32019 Africa Cup of Nations
19.8 September 2019National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Burundi1–01–1 (3–0 pen.)2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
20.19 November 2019Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir, Tunisia Libya1–01–22021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


TP Mazembe[12]




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  13. "Advantage Mazembe in CAF final after away win". CAF. 1 November 2015.
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