WCB boss Diamond Platnumz has pleaded with Tanzanians to shift their allegiance to Premier League side Aston Villa in honour of its newest signing, compatriot Mbwana Samatta.
Explaining why he has switched sides, Platnumz noted that it was incumbent upon every Tanzanian of goodwill to support Samatta in his historic debut after signing a four-and-a-half-year deal from Belgian side Genk.
Plutnumz, at the same time, highlighted that if a switch was not plausible for fans who support other teams, having Aston Villa as the second favourite was a win in itself.
He reiterated that should Samatta pack his bags again after the Tuesday $11 million fee transfer, he would follow suit.
“Nlichokifanya ni kuhama kwenye team yangu na kuhamia Aston Villa, na akihama tena team nyingine nahama nae... Najua pengine una team uipiendayo ila ombi langu ukishindwa kuhamia kama mie, walau iwe team yako ya pili ili tuzidi kumpa nguvu Samatta. CHAMP!!!” He posted on Instagram.
The Taifa Stars captain who honed his skills at Simba FC alias ‘Wekundu wa Msimbazi’ prior to signing for Lubumbashi based football club TP Mazembe then Genk in 2016, could make his Villa Park debut on January 28 against Leicester City.
“To the fans of Genk, I am holding back the tears as I am writing this. You guys made my life a fairy tale. You encouraged me, you cheered me on, and you even sang my name. I will miss you,” he posted on Instagram.
“I would like to thank my Genk family for the great time we had and all the memories we've created together.
“To all beloved supporters of Genk, thank you very much and I will always remember you,” he said as he exited the city of Belgian Limburg and made his way to Aston, Birmingham.
Welcoming the first Tanzanian to don a Premier League shirt, Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder Victor Wanyama, on his part, wished the 27-year-old the best of luck.
“Welcome to the EPL my brother wishing you all the best as you start your new adventure Mbwana Samata,” shared Wanyama on Facebook.