Mamelodi Sundowns defeated SAB League side Mariveni United 2-0 to advance to the Nedbank Cup last 16 on Monday night.
The match saw Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane rotate his squad as he had one eye on Friday’s Caf Champions League encounter against Uganda's Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA).
Mosimane’s rotation policy meant that veteran Teko Modise had a rare start at the heart of the Sundowns midfield.
The 34-year-old explained that despite Sundowns' victory, the Limpopo-based outfit put in a valiant performance on the night.
“Look it was a good win for the team. We played well and at the end of the day got the desired results," Modise told his official website.
“You hear a lot of people say it was an easy game for us to play. I do not think so. Remember that this is a competition where all the teams are looking to impress and play at their best," he said.
"So we had to respect the opponents just like any team we play,” Modise continued.
Modise also downplayed talk of the Brazilians winning the lucrative Cup.
“We are professionals and will just wait to know who to face next,” Modise added.
“We do not wish to get any specific team so we welcome whoever we will have to face. As for thinking of lifting the trophy, it is too early to even think of that. We are through to the next round and will take it a game at a time,” Modise concluded.