Pirates returned to the premier continental stage for the first time in six years, since they lost in the final to record champions Al Ahly back in 2013.
Earlier in the campaign, Sredojevic did highlight that they would look to test themselves this season before gaining experience to be able to better compete in future.
However, the Buccaneers were confident of reaching the quarterfinal stages ahead of their visit to Horoya over the weekend, stressing their belief that they could overcome the Guinean giants in their own back yard.
Having since been brought back down to earth, the Serbian tactician has reiterated their initial stance that they have now paid their dues in experiences gained throughout the tournament.
“We did our best with a very good first half but not a good second half, so congratulations to Horoya,” said Micho after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat in Conakry.
“We have learnt a lesson. This was our 10th match after six years in the CAF Champions League, and we’ve learnt so much in the qualifiers and group stages.
“This experience will help Orlando Pirates in the years to come to go in the direction we want. We want to put a second star on our badge, but we first need to pay the scholarship at the school, and we have learnt our lessons.”