Delhi Dynamos FC today bolstered its defence by signing 24-year-old Senegalese defensive midfielder Diawandou Diagne. Diagne, a former FC Barcelona B player, is an Aspire Academy product. He joined the Doha-based academy aged 13 in 2008, and was one of three Senegalease player to join the prestigious youth set-up.
The 5ft9in midfielder then joined Belgian second division club KAS Eupen. Diagne’s big break came in 2014 when signed a three-year deal with FC Barcelona B. He made 27 appearances for the team before being loaned to Eupen again in 2015.
He made a permanent transfer to the Belgium club in 2017 and since then have played 65 matches and scored one goal for them.
He has also had two senior team appearances for his country, Senegal apart from representing the country in the U-17 and U-20 categories.
Elated to join Delhi Dynamos FC, Diagne said, “I am really looking forward to this new challenge and am very happy to be in India, with the Dynamos.”
“I have played in Europe amongst some of the best in the world, and I am eager to bring all my experience on the field here in India,” he further added.
Club director Rohan Sharma is delighted to have the 24-year-old in the squad as he said, “Diagne is a player that we are very excited to welcome to the club. He has the pedigree to excel at Delhi Dynamos FC and I’m sure he is going to make a great impact.”
“I am very happy to have a player like Diawandou, who is very versatile. He comes from a very good background, starting for Aspire, Eupen and Barcelona B. He has played plenty of games and is a very experienced player even though he is just 24. He is a player who can bring to us a lot,” said the head coach of the team Josep Gombau.