Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns lost out on a third consecutive CAF Champions League title since winning in 2016.
As reported here on Futaa, Sundowns fell to another North African powerhouse, Al Ahly, in a quarter-final aggregate score of 3-1.
The weekend's final eight round results around the continent confirmed Egypt’s Al Ahly, Zamalek and the two Moroccan clubs Wydad Casablanca as well as Raja Casablanca in the semi-finals.
“South Africa must smell the coffee. You have two Egyptian clubs, two of the biggest clubs. Zamalek just won the Super Cup and they have added big signings and they’ve really strengthened the team and you know how much they cost,” Mosimane said via Soccer Laduma.
“There were two strong Tunisian teams, two teams from Morocco, then TP Mazembe and Sundowns. So smell the coffee, we have a long way. We can do you proud, but we are not yet at that level yet. This is the best we can do. Sometimes we’ve gone through and won it, it is the way it is. Look at the budgets, look at the turn up. Guys, it’s the best Champions League you can find this time. Who thought Esperance would be out? We sit here and we cry, but Esperance with their big budget they are out, even though they’ve won it two times in a row,” Pitso added.
The 2016 CAF Coach of the season concluded his views by drawing a parallel with the European super clubs with the biggest of financial power in dominating the UEFA Champions League.
“It’s the same Barcelona, Liverpool, Madrid, Napoli, Manchester City, it’s that top eight – anything is possible. We go again next year. Maybe after five years we will have two teams from South Africa in the semi-finals, but you have to get rid of Mazembe,” he said.