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Samatta adds Tanzania to Premier League nations

1 Feb 2020
Premier League - AFC Bournemouth v Aston Villa

Aston Villa striker makes homeland the 117th different country to be represented and 101st to have a goalscorer in competition

Aston Villa’s new signing Mbwana Samatta wrote his name into the Premier League history books on his debut at AFC Bournemouth, not once but twice.

The 27-year-old striker became the first player from Tanzania to appear in the Premier League, and the first to score.

Samatta made Tanzania, with a population of almost 60million, the 117th nation to be represented in the competition.

"For all the people from Tanzania, this is a very big step for the country as well," Samatta told Villa's official website before the match.

"Everybody there, they were looking for it to see when someone from Tanzania could play in the Premier League, and here today I am."

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It wasn't the first time the country has been put on the Premier League map, thanks to the heroics of Fantasy Premier League manager Yusuf Sheikh.

Sheikh beat more than 5.9million people to the FPL title in 2017/18.

The previous player to be the first to represent their country in the Premier League was Cuba's Onel Hernandez, for Norwich City at Liverpool on the opening day of this season.

Latest nations to get first PL player
Country Player Club Date of debut
Burkina Faso Bertrand Traore CHE 05/12/2015
Kosovo Bersant Celina MCI 06/02/2016
Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan MUN 14/08/2016
Philippines Neil Etheridge CAR 11/08/2018
Cuba Onel Hernandez NOR 09/08/2019
Tanzania Mbwana Samatta AVL 01/02/2020

Samatta went on to find the net in his side's 2-1 defeat by AFC Bournemouth, making Tanzania the 101st different country to have a goalscorer in the competition.

Again, Hernandez was the previous player to add his nation to the list, having scored at home against Manchester United in October.

Latest nations to have first PL scorer
Country Player Club Date of goal
Gambia Modou Barrow SWA 12/03/2016
Armenia Henrikh Mkhitaryan MUN 11/12/2016
Equatorial Guinea Pedro Obiang WHU 04/02/2017
Estonia Ragnar Klavan LIV 01/01/2018
Cuba Onel Hernandez NOR 27/10/2019
Tanzania Mbwana Samatta AVL 01/02/2020

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