Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta has joined Fenerbahce after eight months with Premier League outfit Aston Villa.

The 27-year-old African star only moves to Villa Park in January for £8.5m from Genk but he failed to hit the ground running after making 16 appearances and scored two goals as Dean Smith’s men avoided relegation on the final day of the season.

Fenerbahce and Samatta reached an agreement on a four-year deal, the Istanbul club said in a statement on their official website.

“Our club has added Mbwana Samatta, captain of the Tanzania National Team from England’s Aston Villa team, to its squad for 4 years.

“The testimonial of the player who will wear our jersey this season will be taken at the end of the season.

“We welcome Samatta and wish him success with his striped jersey.

Samatta started his career with Simba before a spell at Genk where he scored 76 goals and 20 assists in 191 games for Genk and win one Belgian First Division A title and one Belgian Super Cup trophy.


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