Pitso Mosimane says he is humbled by the latest feather in his cap, his biggest achievement in the Fifa Club World Cup finals.
Mosimane earned bronze after he guided Egyptian giants Al Ahly as they edged Palmeiras 3-2 on penalties to finish third at the Club World Cup.
Having lost 2-0 to Bayern Munich in the semi-finals due to Robert Lewandowski’s double, Mosimane’s team faced off with the Brazilian outfit in the battle for bronze.
“I humbled by the achievement. It is not quite the medal we wished to get, but a realistic one,” said Mosimane.
“We should be humble and appreciate getting a medal for Africa. We shall be back next year and fight for an upgrade.“
With the match ending goalless at Al Rayyan’s Education City Stadium, it was left to the penalty shootout to separate the two teams.
Mohamed El Shenaway saved two penalties in the shootout.
Only one of the first five penalties was scored and, ultimately, Luiz Adriano’s miss, El Shenaway’s denials of Rony and Felipe Melo cost Palmeiras.
Al Ahly walked away with a whopping R37 million for their effort.
But for Mosimane, it is not about the greenbacks, but more about silencing the critics.
Egyptians football legends have intensified their criticism of the ex-Mamelodi Sundowns in recent weeks.
Such an achievement will go a long way towards strengthening his position as he looks to return the Club World Cup next year.