We will spare no effort to win African Champions League, says Ahly's Dieng

Mahmoud Sheleib , Tuesday 14 Jul 2020

Ahly's midfielder Dieng (Al-Ahram)

Ahly's Malian midfielder Aliou Dieng said on Tuesday he dreams of lifting the African Champions League this season as the team eye their first triumph since 2013.

The burly defensive midfielder has quickly become a fan favourite after joining from Algerian side MC Algiers in July 2019, thanks to a series of impressive displays.

"Winning the current edition of the Champions League is a big dream for all of us to make the supporters happy," Dieng told Ahly's official website.

"I'm one of the players who aspire to clinch the title to be on par with the club legends who previously won the title. We will spare no effort to win the Champions League."

Record eight-time winners Ahly meet Morocco's Wydad in the competition's semi-final at a yet-to-be-determined venue in September. The Red Devils reached the final in 2017 and 2018 but lost to Wydad and Tunisia's Esperance respectively.

Dieng, who has made 21 appearances so far this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists, said Ahly's pedigree in Africa is tempting for any young player.

"I've always heard Ahly's name since childhood. When you mention titles in Africa, Ahly's name is mentioned. I'm proud of wearing the shirt of a club with such popularity," he said.

Dieng also heaped praise on Ahly coach Rene Weiler, saying that playing under the Swiss' guidance will help him develop.

"I learn something new from Weiler every day, and I seek to learn more from him in the future."

Ahly resumed their training sessions on 24 June, gearing up for the resumption of the Egyptian Premier League in August. The competition has been suspended since March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Cairo giants are firm favourites to win a fifth straight title as they top the table with 49 points after 17 games, 16 ahead of the nearest challengers Arab Contractors, who played one game more.

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