epa05668456 African champion club Mamelodi Sundowns' head coach Pitso Mosimane (L) speaks during a news conference with midfielder Hlompho Kekana at Suita City Football Stadium in Suita, western Japan, 10 December 2016 prior to FIFA Club World Cup Japan 2016 quarterfinals against Kashima Antlers of Japan. EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA
Wednesday Dec 14, 2016. 15:44
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane was full of praise for his troops, despite their 4-1 defeat to Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors in the fifth-place 2016 FIFA Club World Cup playoff match on Wednesday.
The Brazilians were simply outplayed by their Asian counterparts as the South Africans finished sixth in their debut showing at the world showpiece.
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Mosimane believes that he and his troops will benefit from a number of valuable lessons in Japan, as they now set sail back to South Africa.
“I’m happy with my boys, I'm proud of my boys. I think they played well,” Mosimane said in the post-match presser.
“It was important to come and compete at the global level and only then would we know where we stand.
Mosimane believes the 2016 Caf Champions League holders will return to the Club World Cup one day a better team:
“You can see why they [Jeonbuk] are the Asian champions, they play good, quick football and we’ve learnt just like we did the first time in the [CAF] Champions League," Mosimane added.
"They play at a high level and we now know our level in South Africa and in Africa, and now in the world," he concluded.