Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane concedes that his players have their minds on the FIFA Club World Cup after their CAF Champions League triumph.
The Brazilians were eliminated from the Telkom Knockout after a 3-1 penalty shootout loss to SuperSport United in the quarter-finals.
The current Premiership champions will become the first South African club to compete in the FIFA competition next month.
"Somewhere and somehow when you want to make an excuse, it's better we're out of the cup. Let's catch up on the six games we are behind on the log and move on," Mosimane told KickOff.
"It's good for the league that we are out so that we play and catch up. Let's be honest also - they are thinking about playing the World Cup. It's big. You can't have your cake and eat it. You have to leave the Telkom.
"We are not saying we lost this one because it's small. I hope I am not misquoted. I know how it can go: 'Pitso said this one is small, this one big.' No, please let's get it right.
"We accept the defeat. As long as we're still in the PSL we will play the Telkom next year."