Japan - Africa's representative at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup, Al Ahly of Egypt, has been eliminated from the competition, after losing 0-1 to Corinthians of Brazil in the semi final in Toyota on Wednesday.
Peruvian Paolo Guerrero scored the only goal of the game in the half-hour, ending the Africans' hopes of improving on their third-place finish at the 2006 tournament.
Al-Ahly, will play-off for third place against the loser of the other semi-final showdown.
Seven-time African champion Al Ahly reached the semi-final of the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup by beating host Japanese side Hiroshima 2-1 in their quarter-final match on Sunday.
Al Ahly is competing in its fourth FIFA Club World Cup.
TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo is Africa's most successful team in the annual FIFA Club World Cup, having finished runner-up in the 2010 edition held in the United Arab Emirates.
The FIFA Club World Cup features champion clubs from each of the six continental confederations, as well as the league winner from the host nation.
The total prize money for the tournament is 16.5 million dollars, with the overall winner getting 5 million dollars.