Marcus Dinanga shares delight over AFC Telford spell

Marcus Dinanga is very thankful for his time at AFC Telford United, stating: “It was like a big family.”

Marcus Dinanga
Marcus Dinanga

Dinanga made a huge impact on a season-long loan from Burton Albion, ending up as the Bucks’ top scorer after netting 25 times across all competitions.

The 20-year-old striker is awaiting news on whether or not his Brewers contract will be renewed, and said: “I’m still waiting on a decision from Burton.

“I’m really happy that I went on loan to Telford and it’s nice to think that it’s there (to potentially end up back at the club).

“I had a few options at the start of last season, places to go on loan, and I definitely chose the right one. We had a great team spirit, it was like a big family.”

Dinanga joined Rob Edwards’ side having chipped in with 34 goals at Evo-Stik Northern Premier outfit Matlock Town the campaign prior.

He led the line for large spells of the term for Telford, also playing at right-wing, and had his efforts recognised by being named club player of the year – voted by the management team – at the club’s recent end-of-season awards.

“My target was 30 goals and although I came a little bit short of that, I’m happy with 25,” said Dinanga, reflecting on his efforts for the Bucks. “I think you’re always happy when you get past 20 goals as a striker.

“I’m really happy we stayed in the division and that I was able to play a part in doing that.

“We all stuck together, that was the main thing in us getting out of trouble. We went on a few nights out together as well and I think that helped.”

Dinanga got some crucial goals as Telford managed to stay in National North.

He netted five times as the Bucks won five of their eight games in April.

“I just wanted to show people and prove that my season at Matlock wasn’t lucky, that I could go and do it again,” added Dinanga.

“Even though I didn’t get as many goals, I think I did what I was meant to do.

“The gaffer brought me into Telford to score goals and I was able to do that."

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