A 'dangerous' Croydon man has been convicted for the murder of young footballer from Wimbledon who was stabbed in the street.

Daniel Namanga was 19 when he was stabbed in the chest in a late night attack outside Afrikiko Nightclub in on August 8 in Old Kent Road.

It took the jury only two hours to reach a verdict to find Dickson Tangu guilty of murder, with Met Police saying he showed "a complete disregard for human life, including whilst at court".

The Wimbledon teenager, who played youth football with Kingstonian FC, had been with friends at the club when he became involved in an altercation outside.

Tangu, 22, chased Daniel and stabbed him in the chest, fleeing the scene before police arrived as the young man collapsed in the street.

Officers arrived at the scene around 2am but were not able to save Daniel and he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem examination gave cause of death as a single stab wound to the chest.

Tangu, of Wilkinson Gardens, Croydon, was arrested at his home on the morning of August 11. He refused to answer any questions, and was subsequently charged with murder.

He was found guilty of murder and possession of a knife at Inner London Crown Court yesterday (February 6) and will be sentenced on Friday.

Detective Sergeant Rob Tickle said: "Dickson Tangu chose to carry a knife that night and did so with the full intention of using it.

“He struck a singular, forcible and violent blow to Daniel's chest. He never recovered from the injuries he suffered and sadly, despite the best efforts of the emergency services, he died at the scene.

"Tangu is a dangerous individual, embroiled in a culture of violence in which he has shown a complete disregard for human life, including whilst at court. The jury took just two hours to reach its verdict.

"I would like to pay tribute to the strength of Daniel's family, in particular his mother, Sally, who has shown immense courage, dignity and strength throughout.

“The family particularly want to thank the emergency services personnel who fought hard to save Daniel's life, the criminal justice system and the investigation team whose commitment, hard work and determination ensured that Tangu was convicted."

Police made eight other arrests in connection with this investigation but they were all released with no further action.