Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes his side are learning invaluable lessons in the CAF Champions League, despite losing to ZESCO United at the weekend.
The Chloorkop-based outfit were condemned to a 2-1 defeat against the Zambian champions in the Champions League on Saturday, but Mosimane is adamant that all is not lost ahead of their crucial second-leg encounter against ZESCO.
"We're growing as a team. It’s understanding continental football. We are maturing and becoming a little bit more experienced," he told IOL.
"We got an away goal but we still lost. It’s still a thorn in the flesh. Football, you will never get it right all the time. You can’t have your cake and eat. We got an away goal but we are not happy.
"It’s unbelievable what we are getting. We are seeing different football. At home you don’t get an attack like that with four people coming at you."
Mosimane also took the time to praise his opponents, whilst highlighting some of what their continental journey has garnered thus far - in terms of results.
"They are terrific," Mosimane added. "They won all their games away except Wydad. They lost against Wydad, who lost four against Zamalek. You see how football is. You can never put things together. It’s crazy. This team survived Al Ahly but they concede goals in every other match.
"Even their last game they played a team at the bottom of the log but they conceded a goal. So we also have a weakness of conceding at home. We conceded one against Enyimba, Mediana and AS Vita, which is not good," he concluded.
Mosimane's charges take on ZESCO in the all-important second-leg semi-final tie on Saturday, 24 September at the Loftus Versveld Stadium.
Meanwhile, Sundowns face Chippa United in the second-leg of the MTN8 Cup semi-final on Wednesday.
Kick-off is at 19:30.