Brockie heads SuperSport into final
Brockie powered in a close range header 14 minutes in and another in the final minute of the first half, giving the visitors a 3-1 aggregate success.
The New Zealand assassin missed the first leg affair a fortnight ago after he requested a transfer following interest from Mamelodi Sundowns, which his club rejected.
With his showing last night Brockie would have convinced the Supersport management that he had got over the transfer request rejection and that he was fully committed to the Pretoria outfit’s cause.
How Maritzburg must have wished that the New Zealander would have succeeded in getting his transfer.
Brockie enjoys a great strike rate against the Midlands team, with four goals in five previous starts. His double in the first half made it six in six.
Besides enhancing his own statistics against Maritzburg the striker kept up his club’s hoodoo status over Maritzburg.
The KwaZulu-Natal side had never beaten SuperSport at home in league or cup play throughout their history.
Their overall record against SuperSport was also woeful, with a lowly two wins from 25 meetings, both registered away.
It might have been worse had midfielder Siphesihle Ndlovu been sent off for a late studs-up sliding tackle on Supersport defender Grant Kekana in the 33rd minute.
Brockie was one of two changes from the earlier game, the other being midfielder Dean Furman.
The captain also made a welcome return to the line-up, putting winger Aubrey Modiba into space for the cross that picked out Brockie for the opener.
Modiba also assisted with the second goal.
SuperSport started with five players who were in the South African squad that suffered back-toback 2018 World Cup group qualifier defeats to Cape Verde last week.
The return to club duty for Furman, goalkeeper Ronwen Williams, Clayton Daniels, Morgan Gould and Bradley Grobler must have been a relief after the lows with Bafana Bafana.
The home side made a valiant attempt at fighting back but this was an efficient and ruthless SuperSport whose pedigree shone through, helped by their numerous internationals.
Upstarts Maritzburg, comprised largely of youngsters and several newcomers, had surprised Sundowns 1-0 away in the opening round of the competition.
Last night there was little opportunity for striker Evans Rusike and winger Deolin Mekoa after Supersport grabbed the lead.
Midfielder Bandile Shandu had chances on either side of Brockie’s first goal but fluffed them.
After the interval it got worse when newcomer Yazid Atouba was sent off for a second yellow card offence.
The Cameroonian made his debut when he replaced Sheldon van Wyk in the second half but a second caution for simulation made it a miserable start to his career in South Africa after transferring from AS Vita in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Maritzburg will look to recover from this setback – their first defeat in five league and cup outings – when they return to Absa Premiership duty with a KwaZuluNatal derby against AmaZulu in Durban on Tuesday.