Orlando Pirates coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic rued a poor second half showing by his charges following their defeat to Horoya AC.
The Soweto giants bowed out of this season's Caf Champions League after losing 2-1 to the Guinean champions in Conakry on Saturday evening.
As a result, Pirates bowed out of the tournament after finishing third in Group B, while Horoya progressed to the quarter-finals as runners-up.
"We had a wonderful first half. We started very well. We had chances," Sredojevic told the media after the encounter at the Stade du 28 Septembre.
Two second-half goals from Abdoulaye Camara and Boniface Haba handed HAC a narrow victory over Bucs, who needed a win to advance to the quarter-finals.
"We found ourselves in situations where we could have put the opponent on the backfoot," the Serbian tactician continued.
Micho explained that the 1995 Champions League winners will learn from their disappointing campaign which saw them record four wins, four draws and two defeats.
"We were not good in the second half. Congratulations to Horoya. We have learned a lesson. This was our tenth match after a six-year absence from the Champions League," he added.
"We have learned so much in the qualifying campaign and group stage. This experience will help Orlando Pirates in the years to come," Sredojevic explained.
"We will go in the right direction. We want to put the second star. We have learned our lessons," he concluded.