Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has admitted he has not emotionally recovered from Chiefs' defeat to arch-rivals Orlando Pirates on Sunday.
The goalkeeper was beaten by a Katlego Mphela effort nine minutes from time in the 1-0 loss at FNB Stadium which denied hosts Amakhosi a place in the MTN8 final.
Had the stopper kept a clean sheet, Chiefs would have been preparing to face Moroka Swallows in the climax of the lucrative competition this weekend due to away goals as they drew the first leg of the semi-final 1-1.
"Losing to any team is difficult. When you lose to Pirates it is as they say a very bitter pill to swallow. I would have preferred to be getting ready today for a trip to Durban instead of trying to forget about our loss on Sunday," he told the club's official website.
"I am trying not to think about the game but it keeps on running through my mind."
Chiefs boss Vladimir Vermezovic was disappointed with the 'retreat tactics' employed by his charges as they usually display an expansive brand of football.
Khune agrees with this sentiment and felt the Buccaneers got the better of them.
He added: "Pirates came with a game plan and executed it well - credit to them for that. I felt we did not take on the game in our usual way. Having the away goal from the first leg could have been a disadvantage in a way.
"When I went to take my spare gloves out of the goal after the game on Sunday I was crying and did not want to look at the fans who were seated behind the goal.
"I felt that I had disappointed them and could not face them, but still they were shouting messages of support and I appreciate them. It is that kind of support that has made us more determined to get over this and look ahead. There is still a long way to go in the league and we have two other cup competitions to still look forward to."
Chiefs will face Platinum Stars in the league in their next assignment on October 16 and Khune concluded: "It is a while to be inactive but it is better for us right now to have this time.
"The guys will continue training and working hard. By the time we play Stars we will be rested and rejuvenated. Next week I hope to be in the Bafana Bafana squad that travels to Sierra Leone for an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier."
Meanwhile, Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic insists he was right to take off Siphiwe Tshabalala during the Soweto derby on Sunday.
Amakhosi lost the MTN8 semi-final, second leg 1-0 and were knocked out of the competition 2-1 on aggregate.
And when quizzed over some of his decisions during the game, the Serbian insisted he was spot on with his substiutions.
Tshabalala and Mthokozisi Yende, both creative sparks in the heart of the Chiefs midfield, were replaced by Josta Dladla and defensive midfielder Tinashe Nengomasha in the 61st minute.
This double change was viewed by the media as a sign of Chiefs' intent to defend their away goal from the first leg.
Had the match finished 0-0 Amakhosi would have reached the final, but it appeared Vermezovic's defensive plan backfired.
"Okay, we were very weak in midfield so I had to change Shabba and Yende. They were not at their usual level and I had to try to stabilise the midfield," said the Serbian.
"We were looking for a goal, not to defend, that's why I even took out Abia (Nale) and put in Sthembiso Ngcobo, but generally we didn't deserve to win the match. I must be honest."
'Vlad V' took aim at Tshabalala in particular. The Bafana Bafana midfielder was a shadow of himself at FNB Stadium.
"He was not himself and because of that he was out. I agree with you he is our creative player and nobody can say he is a bad player, but it was not his day," he added.
"In fact, it was not only Shabba and Yende who were not playing well. I wanted to make eight changes after just 20 minutes! The Kaizer Chiefs I saw against Pirates was not my Kaizer Chiefs. It was strange, but we are going to look for answers why we didn't play well," concluded Vermezovic.