Patrick Liewig, the French coach of Ivorian club Asec, is resigned to losing some of the young stars that helped the club reach the semi-finals of the African Champions League.
Patrick Liewig is resigned to losing some Asec's young talent
Asec beat defending champions Ahly of Egypt 2-1 on Sunday, but a 2-0 loss in Cairo meant they lost the semi-final 3-2 on aggregate.
Liewig, however, remains philosophical about the inevitable loss of some of his most talented stars.
"Now some of the players can go to other clubs if we get a good offer, Asec needs that, some players may go to European clubs, this is normal and we have to continue to work," he told BBC Sport.
The Frenchman is also convinced that he already has new players coming through the ranks to replace any that leave.
"We have some young players, you will see, there are two players aged 17 or 18 who I put in the team for the last 30 minutes. We have a good future for Asec," he added.
He is also pleased with the progress of the team since he took over three years ago.
"The first year we got knocked out in the first round, after that we got to the group stages and now as far as the semi-final and we need the time to go to the final and maybe win the final," he said.