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Dartford FC boss Tony Burman on new signing Warren Mfula

By Steve Tervet

Tony Burman admits he’s taken a calculated risk by signing striker Warren Mfula.

The 27-year-old shared the Southern Counties East golden boot with Shaun Welford last season after netting 44 goals for AFC Croydon Athletic.

Mfula is stepping up three divisions to play in National League South but Burman believes he can make the jump.

Dartford striker Warren Mfula Picture: Andy Payton
Dartford striker Warren Mfula Picture: Andy Payton

He said: "I want to give him a chance. I don’t do it too many times but I want to give him an opportunity to shine.

"He’s got to do it quickly but it just felt right.

"He’s still got a lot to learn. He’s come into football late and he’s got a lot to learn with fitness and things like that but in the last third there’s something in that box.

"He’s got an eye for goal and that’s what we’re going to try to build on.

"He’s an accountant and he’s done a lot of studying. He didn’t come into football until about 23-24 and he had a good season last year, albeit in the Southern Counties East League.

"It’s a little bit of a risk but it’s something I wanted to have a go with.

"He’s come in and showed a good attitude in training, a willingness to learn. There’s something about him and we want to see a little bit more of that."

Fellow striker Duane Ofori-Acheampong (knee) will miss the start of the season.

"I hoped he was going to be back by July 1 but there was more to the operation than we thought, or what showed up on the scans," said Burman.

"The consultant said he needed more time for the operation to heal properly."

Left-back Mark Onyemah (ankle) could return against Cambridge at Princes Park on Saturday.

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