Jeremy Brockie’s success has opened the floodgates for more New Zealand players to play in SA, writes
It seems like the tide is flowing in the other direction. Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs are starting to look east of the Indian Ocean for fresh talent.
Gone are the days when southern African countries – namely Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe – were the PSL clubs’ hunting grounds.
By the look of things, the All Blacks will no longer be the only nemesis of the South Africans. If recent activity on the transfer market is anything to go by, the All Whites are invading the country in droves.
The New Zealand rugby team and the Springboks have always been archrivals. And if New Zealander Jeremy Brockie’s impact on the PSL is anything to go by, the Kiwis will soon dominate the local football ranks.
Brockie was an instant hit after he joined SuperSport United in January. He finished as the club’s joint-top scorer with Dové Womé on 10 goals.
The 27-year-old former Wellington Phoenix striker’s exploits did not go unnoticed. He has already been courted by neighbours Mamelodi Sundowns.
But United will not budge. The club is refusing to lose its most prized asset.
The second player to come from the New Zealand capital is former Wellington Phoenix defender Michael Boxall, who also signed for Matsatsantsa a Pitori.
The 26-year-old defender, who has played in Major League Soccer in the US, has 12 senior caps for the All Whites, New Zealand’s national team. He has signed a three-year deal with United.
Last week, United confirmed signing 26year-old Australian attacking midfielder Isaka Čerňák from Central Coast Mariners. He is also on a three-year contract.
Not to be outdone, neighbours University of Pretoria have followed with the signing of 21year-old midfielder Harry Edge after seeing him play for Dutch side PEC Zwolle.
The New Zealander was spotted during the club’s MultiChoice Diski Challenge-winning tour to Holland in April.
Bidvest Wits also have a Kiwi on their books. They signed much-travelled Kris Bright (28), who has played in Holland, Norway, Greece, England, Hungary, Malta, Finland and India. Bright was part of the New Zealand squad that came to South Africa for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup.
It remains to be seen if the PSL will sign even more players from the land of the long white cloud.