Denis Onyango (R) and defender Wayne Arendse
Wednesday Dec 14, 2016. 13:43
Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Denis Onyango believes the African champions let the continent down, losing to Kashima Antlers in the quarterfinals of the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup.
The Brazilians were favourites to progress into the semifinals, but were made to rue squandering several chances in the first-half as the hosts eventually recorded a 2-0 win.
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Sundowns next face Jeonduk Hyundai Motors in the fifth-place playoff match on Wednesday, before returning back to South Africa.
Onyango admits he was at fault for Antlers first with the burly Ugandan unable to keep out Yasushi Endo's tame effort, as Sundowns crumbled.
“The expectations were high‚ but we let the country down and we let the continent down‚” Onyango told Times Live.
“We need to move on but it’s a learning lesson for us. I think the next game will be much better.
“We could have taken our chances‚ but we let in a soft goal. Antlers’ experience showed – Japanese teams have been here a couple of times.
“It’s a lesson for us that we must carry that to the next game.
Onyango continued: "Definitely I was disappointed with myself‚ because I think I could have done better with that save.
“The ball bounced in a very funny way‚ but it’s not an excuse. I think I should have done better for the team and I let the guys down," the 29-year-old concluded.