AmaZulu FC boss Sandile Zungu says they were never in doubt over their CAF Champions League qualification, which was under threat by Kaizer Chiefs.
Following Chiefs' failure to win the CCL final on the weekend, AmaZulu have now been confirmed as South Africa's second participants in the 2021/22 edition.
Usuthu finished second in the DStv Premiership last season and as a result qualified for their maiden voyage into the continental competition, but Amakhosi came within 45 minutes of snatching their spot had they managed to beat Al Ahly in Morocco on Saturday.
Instead, the Soweto giants suffered a 3-0 defeat and will merely contest on the domestic scene this coming season, while Mamelodi Sundowns and Usuthu represent South Africa in the Champions League.
"Look, to be honest, we always knew that Kaizer Chiefs is no match for Al Ahly," Zungu tells KickOff.com.
"We're not underestimating Chiefs at all but we always knew that this season they were just no match, and who can undermine Pitso Mosimane? He is a proven winner, and we knew he is not going to be beaten by Kaizer Chiefs.
"We saw it as a battle between Pitso Mosimane and Kaizer Chiefs. That's why, from our planning point of view, we were planning for the CAF Champions League. We were not planning for the Confederation Cup.
"We knew we have already qualified for the CAF Champions League and even in the unlikely situation that we would not have played in Champions League, we would have still played in the Confederations Cup.
"We take that commitment very seriously. We take that challenge very seriously. It's completely new to us [CAF competitions] and we're not going to approach it with any level of arrogance. For us to make it through the qualifying stages to the group stages is our target."