Sundowns were knocked out of the competition by Baroka FC, who will face Bidvest Wits in the final after beating Mosimane’s men 2-0 at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Just when it looked like Sundowns were starting to find their rhythm with their victories over Bloemfontein Celtic and Chippa United, Baroka stunned the defending league champions who last won a domestic knockout competition in 2015.
Mosimane accepted defeat and said he would focus on the two competitions he takes pride in the most – the Absa Premiership and the CAF Champions League.
The 2018/19 Champions League kicks off in less than a month and Sundowns are determined to get their hands on the trophy again after watching Al Ahly and Esperance battle it out in the first leg of the current edition’s final in Alexandria, Egypt, on Friday night.
“We want the Telkom, but we can’t win them all hey. You’ll win everything? No. It’s okay, it’s a league cup. We’ve got to move on, we’ve got the league which is more important. We have the Champions League starting in three to four weeks’ time. We have to focus, you can’t have everything,” Mosimane told the media after the game.
“The Champions League [first leg] final was played yesterday [Friday] and the boys were texting, not happy … should have been there. That’s the space we operate in, to represent South Africa and to make sure we get the rankings and do what Orlando Pirates did. But back home I understand we are more domestic. We don’t know international football a lot, most of us. You ask me do I want to win the Champions League or Telkom Knockout. I think you know the answer.”
Sundowns’ next test is against Free State Stars at Loftus Stadium on Wednesday, before taking on Soweto giants Orlando Pirates at the same venue on Saturday.