Tanzanian international Mbwana Samatta started life in the English Premier League on a high note after scoring for Aston Villa in a 2-1 loss against Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Taifa Stars skipper is the first Tanzanian to play in the prestigious league, and all waited to see what he has to offer after a successful stint in Belgium with Genk.

With a point over the relegation zone, the Villans needed a win to continue surging upwards, but it was not going to be easy against their hosts who, prior to the match, were in a relegation zone.

Danish Philip Billing opened the scoring in favour of his team after 37 minutes owing to poor defending. Seven minutes later, Belgian defender Nathan Ake doubled the advantage to ensure the Cherries go on the break with a healthy lead.

Five minutes after the restart, Colombian Jefferson Lemar was sent off after a second bookable offense giving Villa hopes for a comeback.

The moment the East Africans waited for came in the 70th minute when Samatta halved the scoreline with a well-taken header.

However, the hosts held on to bag maximum points to get out of the relegation zone.