Absa Premiership

Brockie out to make Champions League impact

2018-03-05 14:12
Jeremy Brockie (Supplied)

Cape Town - Jeremy Brockie can't wait to make his CAF Champions League bow this week, admitting this to be one of the reasons he signed for Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 2016 Champions League winners get their 2018 campaign underway on Wednesday when they take on Rwanda side Rayon Sport in Kigali.

Brockie was the top goal-scorer in the CAF Confederation Cup last year when his 10 goals helped SuperSport United reach the final, before they were beaten by TP Mazembe.

Brockie accepts that goals may be harder to come by in Africa's top tier club competition, but is eager to test himself.

"This is absolutely a step up from what I played, the Confederation Cup. One of the reasons I joined Sundowns was the participation in the Champions League.

"The competition is spoken about a lot around the club. Around the change room. The success the club had in the last few years is exciting to be a part of," he told the New Age.

South African soccer fans won't know too much about Rayon Sport. But the Masandawana contingent have been doing their homework and Brockie has shed some light on what they are expecting on Wednesday in this first round, first leg tie.

"From the videos we have seen, they look like a club that likes to keep the ball. We will be looking for an away goal or two to take back home as an advantage going into the second leg," he explained.

"We will need to keep it tight at the back and keep a clean sheet. It looks like there will be a big crowd turn out, but we will have to keep them quiet.

"The important thing is to play the Sundowns way. We compare them to Cape Town City. They play in pockets and spaces. We must keep our lines tight," concluded the 30-year-old, who swapped SuperSport for Sundowns in January but is yet to score for his new club.

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