Despite dominating the match, Amakhosi were beaten 1-0, giving the Ivorians an away goal advantage ahead of the second clash this coming weekend.
Chiefs were dealt a major blow in the context of the tie in the 57th minute by Adama Baka Yako’s header.
“There were chances we got that we should have scored from, there was a clear one where George Maluleka missed and these are the chances you can’t miss in matches of this calibre,” said Komphela, who is desperate in his quest for continental glory after a barren season on the local front.
“But at the back of that, you just have to take it on the chin and say bad result. The performance was okay, but a good performance which is not accompanied by a good result leaves a bad taste.”
The Chiefs coach added that his team were forced to play on the wings with the central midfield well policed. However, the visitors’ defence easily dealt with the crosses.
“In terms of how the set-up went on, the central midfield was tight. We couldn’t play through the centre, which then called for wing play. We got more of our wing play from Kgotso Moleko and Tsepo Masilela, our fullbacks.
“We tried to get some creativity from Bernard Parker and Siphiwe Tshabalala to assist Camaldine Abraw. We did manage, even though I think we could have done better. The crosses we played were too high and their defence managed to deal with them. I thought we could have attacked more on the ground.”
Sundowns, meanwhile, continued their impressive form on all fronts as they beat AC Leopards 2-0 on Saturday night, with the attacking trio of Khama Billiat, Keagan Dolly and Leonardo Castro once again instrumental in their home win.
Dolly opened the scoring for the Brazilians just before the half-time break at the Lucas Moripe Stadium with a spectacular shot before the win was sealed by Castro early in the second half.
Downs will now go to the Republic of Congo for the return leg enjoying a comfortable advantage. But before then, Pitso Mosimane will be hoping his team can maintain their lead at the summit of the league table when they host Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday.