“For the club, this is our second participation in the FIFA Club World Cup. Our supporters have always been behind us and we can’t afford to disappoint them again,” Dioko told the CAF online website.
The Congolese side lost twice last year – in their first ever appearance in the competition – to Pohang Steelers 2-1 and Auckland City 3-2.
By defeating Esperance of Tunisia in the CAF Champions League final (6-1 on agg.), TP Mazembe became the only team to defend their African title and will have a chance of refining their image.
The African champions will kick off their campaign on Friday against Mexican giants Pachuca. “They have a good team technically. But this is not the first time we will be playing against Pachuca. We engaged them in a friendly in 2006 and we have a fair idea of their playing style.
“We know it will be a tough game and will give 100 per cent to achieve victory,” added Dioko who is running for the title of African-based player of the year.
The winner of the Mazembe-Pachuca clash will face Brazilian side Internacional in the semis.
Egyptian giants Ahly are Africa’s best performers after winning the bronze medal at the Japan showdown in 2006.