Jeremy Brockie reveals CAF Confederation heartbreak

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Nov 27, 2017. 14:00

In the wake of their CAF Confederation Cup 2-1 aggregate defeat to TP Mazembe, SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie says it hurts to lose the coveted title.

The New Zealand international expressed the club’s pain of being so close, but yet so far from lifting the trophy.

Brockie was looking to help the Tshwane giants and erase his personal failure to to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.


Although coach Eric Tinkler’s men were hoping to use their home advantage, they failed to score at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night finished 0-0.

“It’s been a long journey, travelled all around Africa. It’s been an amazing experience and to get so close but so far hurts,” Brockie said.

“They are a well-structured side. They have some experienced players at the back and they did not give us too many opportunities to get a sniff at goal.

“It’s disappointing that we did not have a little bit more composure in the final third.

“We needed to play with more tempo at times. We could have penetrated more.”

The victory for the Ravens means they have successfully retained the trophy they lifted last year and coach Phamphile Mihayo has confirmed he wants to stay with the club for many nears.

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CAFCC success will ease World Cup heartbreak – Brockie

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

Bertin Basson

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 20:00

SuperSport United forward Jeremy Brockie, 30, has revealed that lifting the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup title will serve as some consolation following New Zealand’s failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The All Whites lost to Peru in a World Cup playoff earlier this month as the South American’s booked their return to the world showpiece – set to take place in Russia next year.

Brockie jumped straight onto the plane to Lubumbashi from Lima as Matsatsantsa went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat away to TP Mazembe in the first leg of this year’s CAFCC final.

SuperSport play host to the Ravens in the reverse fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.


“I was probably lucky enough that the TP Mazembe game came soon after our loss in Peru‚” Brockie told the media. “It did not give me enough time to reflect and think about missing out on the World Cup too much.

“It was obviously disappointing that the dream ended on the last hurdle but I have been lucky enough to play at one World Cup tournament and being so close to another one did hurt a lot.

“It is every kid’s dream to play at the World Cup. I’ll probably reflect on that later but it is good that these two games came shortly after the disappointment.

Brockie continued: “In terms of club career‚ winning this tournament would be right there at the top‚” he said.

“The only thing higher from a club point of view is winning the Champions League and going to the FIFA Club World Cup,” he concluded.

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SuperSport’s Jeremy Brockie expects defensive TP Mazembe

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 23, 2017. 14:30

SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie expects TP Mazembe to adopt a defensive approach for the second leg of the CAF Confederation Cup this weekend.

The DR Congo giants lead 2-1 on aggregate ahead of the return game in Tshwane on Saturday night and Brockie expects them to sit back and look to play out a draw – which would be enough to claim the trophy for a second successive year.

“They did the same in the group stage when we finished 0-0, they were not interested in coming out to try and get a result,” Brockie said, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“I expect a little of the same this time obviously, and they have an advantage because they are winning the tie at the moment.

“Hopefully, they sit back so we can give a good go at them and win this trophy.”

The New Zealand striker explained that he is not concerned that United have yet to win a home match in the knockout stages of the continental competition.

“I think teams that come in South Africa, they respect us a lot and sit back and are happy to go away with a draw,” Brockie said.

“But we know what is at stake, we know that we have to do to score goals.

“Some of the games that we didn’t win, we created plenty of opportunities but we didn’t take them. So it will come down to 90 minutes and the boys will be giving their all to do the country proud.”

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SuperSport star Brockie relishes Mazembe clash

Willem Mwedihanga of Platinum Stars challenges Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United during 2017/18 Absa Premiership game between Supersport United and Platinum Stars at Lucas Moripe Stadium on 12 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 12:00

SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie is looking forward to facing DR Congo giants TP Mazembe.

South African side United will take on Mazembe in the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup final first-leg clash in Lubumbashi on Sunday.

Brockie, who recently represented New Zealand in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, is enjoying life in Africa.

“When I joined SuperSport, one of my goals was to play in a CAF club competition,” he told

The 30-year-old is the top goalscorer in this year’s Confederation Cup having scored 10 goals.

“I have wonderful memories from visiting countries in the east, west and north of Africa this year,” he added.

“SuperSport have performed brilliantly to reach the final and now we face a very good team in Mazembe.”

United and Mazembe were part of Confederation Cup Group D. The two sides drew 2-2 in Lubumbashi and 0-0 in Pretoria.

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SuperSport sweat on Brockie, Williams in build-up to CAFCC final – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup

Ronwen Williams of Supersport United saving a penalty during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017 © Luigi Bennett/BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Nov 16, 2017. 09:20

SuperSport United head coach Eric TInkler will be sweating on the availability of Ronwen Williams and Jeremy Brockie ahead of the first leg of the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup final.

Matsatsantsa travel to Lubumbashi on Friday ahead of the first leg in the Democratic Republic of Congo, before the reverse fixture in Atteridgeville a week later.

SuperSport are hoping to win their first ever continental crown, having watched South African rivals Mamelodi Sundowns clinch the CAF Champions League 12 months ago.

SuperSport, though, might be without the duo Williams and Brockie with the latter to participate in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier for New Zealand in Lima later today – local time, (04h15 CAT tomorrow morning).

Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Williams is said to be carrying a slight knock and his a doubt for this weekend’s clash.

Brockie is confident he will make it back in time from Peru for the club’s trip to Lubumbashi, but it is not yet clear how ready the 30-year-old will be having covered a lot of distance over the past week.

“I get back to Jo’burg at 7.20am on Friday morning and the team are only going to fly at 9.20am so I will meet up with them at the airport‚” Brockie told the Sowetan.

“I will not have had too many training sessions with the boys, but we’ve been there and done that before and I’m really looking forward to a massive game in Lubumbashi.

“I’ll be sleeping as much as I can on the plane,” he concluded.

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Jeremy Brockie close to SuperSport scoring record – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Philani Zulu of Kaizer Chiefs during Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 23 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 13:20

New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie is just four goals away from equalling Abram Raselemane’s scoring record for SuperSport United.

Brockie was on target for United in their 3-1 win over Club Africain in the CAF Confederation Cup on Sunday night.

The 30-year-old’s goal was his 10th in the continental competition this year (he’s comfortably the leading scorer) and his 53rd in Matsatsantsa colours since signing with the club in January 2015.

SuperSport’s all-time scoring record stands at 57 goals and is held by the late Raselemane, who played for the club from 2001 to 2006.

Brockie will look to continue closing in on the club record when United face Bloemfontein Celtic in the first round of the Telkom Knockout this weekend.

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Brockie has been mature and professional – Eric Tinkler – MTN8 2017 – SuperSport Utd

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United celebrates a goal during the MTN8 Semi Final Second Leg match between Maritzburg United and Supersport United on the 09 September 2017 at Harry Gwala Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 19:00

Jeremy Brockie has been nothing but mature and professional through his transfer saga, according to SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler.

The 29-year-old scored a brace on Saturday night to see United win 2-0 at Maritzburg and secure a place in next month’s MTN8 final.

The Kiwi had been strongly linked with a move away from Matsatsantsa and even put in a transfer request to try and secure a deal with cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

SuperSport rejected his request and dropped him for the first leg against Maritzburg, a 1-1 draw played out late last month.

However, Tinkler always believed Brockie would put the issue behind him and regain his focus.

The reward was the striker’s 50th and 51st goals, seeing him close in on Matsatsantsa’s club record of 57 strikes held by the late Abram Raselemane.

“I put that to bed a long time ago and he [Brockie] also put it to bed. Like I have been saying to the press; he has been very, very good in training,” Tinkler said after the game.

“He’s been very professional, showed a lot of maturity and he understood that the opportunity to make a move will come. And we obviously know what his qualities are and he showed it again tonight [Saturday].”

SuperSport will meet Tinkler’s former team Cape Town City in the final next month.

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Brockie backs South Africa coach Baxter – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Stuart Baxter, coach of South Africa

Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 24, 2017. 18:00

SuperSport United marksman Jeremy Brockie says South Africa can do dominate African football under the guidance of head coach Stuart Baxter.

The 29-year-old player worked with British tactician Baxter at South African side United where they won two Nedbank Cup trophies.

The Zealand international believes that his former coach Baxter can turn Bafana Bafana into a force to be reckoned with in Africa.

Baxter, who was appointed in May, 2017, guided Bafana to a historic victory over Nigeria in the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier last month.

“First and foremost, having won a hatful of trophies at domestic level in South Africa, I believe he will have more backing from the supporters and increased buy-in from the players,” Brockie told Kick Off Magazine.

“The obvious difference between managing a club, as opposed to a national side, is that Baxter doesn’t have as much time to work with the Bafana players on the training pitch.

“However, he knows the players better than before and is aware of how South African football works as a whole. The 2-0 away win over Nigeria in June was a massive boost and a great first up result for him,” he added.

“I’m looking forward to seeing Baxter and his charges build on the victory against Nigeria and, sooner than later, I’m pretty sure those types of results will be the norm rather than the exception.”

Baxter, 63, is in his second stint with Bafana having coached the national team between 2004 and 2005. He quit this role after failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

He masterminded Bafana’s recent 3-0 aggregate win over Botswana in the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier and they will now face Zambia in the next round.

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New Zealand international Jeremy Brockie vows to give all for SuperSport – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United is challenged by Daniel Cardoso of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Supersport United and Kaizer Chiefs on 29 April 2017 at Mbombela Stadium ©Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Jul 11, 2017. 14:30

Despite speculation linking him with a move away from the club, SuperSport United striker Jeremy Brockie says he wants to keep working hard for the South African club.

United have qualified for the CAF Confederation Cup knockout stages after beating Gabon’s CF Mounana 4-1 in their final group match this past weekend

The New Zealand international netted a brace on Saturday as they completed a successful Last 16 stage in their continental campaign.

New coach Eric Tinkler and assistant coach, Kaitano Tembo will lead the South African side against Zambian side Zesco United in the quarter-finals.

“I’m still contracted to SuperSport, I have another three years in my contract,” Brockie said regarding his contract situation.

“It’s not really in my hands, the club has put up a not-for-sale sign and I just have to leave it there. Obviously, there has been a lot of interest in me since the time

“I have been here. I have been doing a professional job and I do what I have been paid to do, which is to score goals. I will keep on concentrating on that.”

“During my career, I have had opportunities to go on and try and experience different things but I have said to [new SuperSport United] coach Eric Tinkler that the club has been good to me since I have arrived here and we have a good relationship, and I’m looking to continue building that relationship.”

The first leg of the quarter-finals will be staged on September 08 in Tshwane and the return to be staged a week later in Ndola.

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