Lamine N’Diaye, TP Mazembe Englebert coach
It’s something special for us. We are here to represent Africa, and all of Africa will be proud of our work. We believed in ourselves, we were confident and you could see that when we started attacking, especially at the start of the second half. We were lucky too, and don’t forget that our goalkeeper was excellent – he was like a magician! But to win 2-0, it’s a day of happiness for us. It’s also a day of pride - we have succeeded and shown that our players are of a high standard. We have achieved a great victory. It’s very good for this team and for the Congolese people, and every African should be proud of this team.
Celso Roth, Sport Club Internacional coach
There was a lot of expectation that the final would be between Inter Milan and Internacional, but we always knew this first match would be complicated. We controlled the game, but the best team is the one that wins and we must congratulate Mazembe. We never underestimated them – they really deserved to be at this stage, they defended very well and took their chances. We had lots of great opportunities but unfortunately their goalkeeper was excellent. It was time for Africa to reach the final and unfortunately it has been at our expense. There’s no dishonour in that – African football is improving all the time and I don’t see anything shameful in losing to an African team.