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Dartford FC defender Temi Eweka has potential says manager Tony Burman

By Steve Tervet

Temi Eweka showed a glimpse of his quality after receiving a late call-up to the Dartford team on Saturday.

Academy graduate Eweka was due to play for Rochester United in Southern Counties East but when illness ruled out Danny Harris, he stepped in.

Eweka, promoted to the first-team squad in the summer, made a goalline clearance on only his third senior appearance to keep Dartford in the FA Trophy.

Dartford defender Temi Eweka Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford defender Temi Eweka Picture: Andy Payton

A centre-back by trade, he played at right-back during pre-season and again in the third qualifying round tie at Brentwood.

“He did all right,” said Darts boss Tony Burman. “When I sent Danny home, Temi got an opportunity.

“I phoned Rochester and said I needed him and they understood. Temi came along and we’ve got to thank him for saving us when he cleared the ball off the line, which would have made it 2-0 to them.

“He’s at Rochester, trying to get some games and he’s learning. He trains with us and I felt it would be nice to give him an opportunity so that’s what we did.

“A couple of our young guys are at Rochester and teams in the lower leagues. I think it does them good to do that. They’ve got to learn and it’s better for them to play than sitting on the bench.

“They have to come through those sort of things and hopefully it’ll do them good.

“Where Temi has played, I didn’t have any problem putting him into the team.

“He’s been with the academy for the last three years and he’s got potential so we’ll see what happens.”

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