Absa Premiership

Brockie a Matsatsantsa asset

2015-04-05 23:00
Jeremy Brockie (Supplied)
Jeremy Brockie (Supplied)

Durban - Jeremy Brockie is fast turning into SuperSport United’s most valuable asset. The New Zealand international scored the only goal of the game in Saturday afternoon’s 1-0 win at Maritzburg United, taking his tally on South African soil to six goals from nine matches since joining Gordon Igesund’s squad in January.

South Africa has long battled for an abundance of quality strikers in the PSL. In 2013/14, Kaizer Chiefs’ Bernard Parker topped the scoring charts with 10 league goals all season. It is understandable, then, that Brockie’s swift adjustment to South African domestic football has been met with excitement.

Both Igesund and Maritzburg coach Steve Komphela were full of praise for the 27-year-old finisher after Saturday’s gruelling battle at Harry Gwala Stadium. So big has Brockie’s influence become that Igesund decided to sacrifice him before the hour mark against Maritzburg (Brockie was on a yellow card) to ensure that he was available for this weekend’s Nedbank Cup quarter-final against first division outfit Golden Arrows.

“Brockie has scored a goal a game just about and you can see his quality out there,” Igesund said after the win that put his side back into the top half of the table.

“What he does well is he finds space for himself. He’s a very clever player. I heard Morgan Gould say that he is the most difficult player to mark because he is there one second and gone the next.”

It was that positional awareness that bagged SuperSport the three points on Saturday as Brockie found himself unmarked in the Maritzburg area to finish off the simplest of tap-ins.

“He plays off the shoulder and he is an opportunistic predator, typical of the goal he scored,” Komphela said. “He knows as a striker where he needs to be, and he is painful to play against. He doesn’t make things easy for defenders.”

Turning his attention to this coming weekend’s Nedbank Cup clash, Igesund is hopeful that his side can go all the way.

“We are two games away from a final,” he said. “The league is beyond us and this is a great opportunity for all of the clubs left in the competition. This is our only chance of silverware and we want to try and win this competition.”




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