Cape Town - SuperSport
United striker Jeremy Brockie has been left bemused by Confederation of
African Football (CAF) after they scrapped their Africa-Based Player of
the Year award.
Brockie, 30, became the first non-African to be nominated for the
award due to his exploits as top scorer in the CAF Confederation Cup
campaign this season with runners-up SuperSport.
With 10 goals the New Zealand international was an integral part of
the Premiership side's success while also picking up the MTN8 crown -
beating Cape Town City in the final.
The nomination for the best player based in Africa would have capped
off an unbelievable 2017 for the Kiwi, who's been linked with a host of
South Africa's biggest clubs.
"I went online an hour or two so after the nominations had been
announced and found there was no based in Africa anymore which was quite
surprising," Brockie told BBC Sport.
"(Only reasons I have are) Just what I have been reading on social
media and it is surprising I assume they will make some sort of
announcement but it is a strange one.
"Obviously it got to the top 30 and then down to top 10 then all of a
sudden it's gone. I am sure there is some sort of reason behind and I
will have to wait for those reasons like everyone else.
"I checked the CAF Twitter and there was nothing said about it so I
scrolled through some other tweets and saw one saying that the
Africa-based player and the ref of the year had been removed from the
"It's pretty disappointing as it was a great feeling knowing I was in
the top ten and when it gets to that stage anyone can win the award."
Despite not having the chance to walk away with what would have been
his biggest individual honour of his career, Brockie admits he was
delighted just to be mentioned amongst top players on the African
"It's an unreal feeling knowing how big the African continent is and
it is very rewarding after a hard graft of traveling around the
continent in the Confederation Cup and doing well here in South Africa,"
"So to be nominated into the top ten was absolutely amazing and I got
a lot of support from my team-mates and family and friends who were
also very excited and happy for me.
"Now to have the award go missing from the awards event is
disappointing and I am sure that I am not the only player confused by