Defending champions South Africa crashed out of the competition proper after losing their opening game 0-1 to Tanzania on Sunday.
Most of the Bafana squad which lost to Tanzania were making their debut in national team colours, with Gordinho (who has one previous cap), Judas Moseamedi of Cape Town City, and SuperSport United’s Cole Alexander being the only players with previous international experience.
“It is good for us to get this experience and for the younger players to also experience some international games where there is competition, because that’s where you will see growth,” Gordinho explained.
The Amakhosi centre-back is hopeful that Bafana will fare better when they take on Botswana in a Plate semi-final encounter at the Moruleng Stadium on Tuesday evening (5pm kick off).
“If we had won [against Tanzania], it would have been a better experience for them. So we have to learn from this and move on,” Gordinho added.
“What remains now is that everyone has to do their best against Botswana and it is important that we do what the coach wants and I am positive we will get a win.
“We have to keep on moving, we can’t dwell on this result, and we have just to look ahead. I am looking at finishing the camp on a high.”