Brockie re­warded with start af­ter break­ing duck

Business Day - - SPORTS DAY - Mahlatse Mphahlele

Mamelodi Sun­downs striker Jeremy Brockie will be re­warded by coach Pitso Mosi­mane with an­other start in the crunch Pre­mier­ship en­counter against Or­lando Pi­rates at Lof­tus Vers­feld on Satur­day.

Brockie scored his first goal for Sun­downs in the con­vinc­ing 3-1 league win over Free State Stars at Lof­tus on Wed­nes­day.

The goal broke his drought since ar­riv­ing at Chloorkop in a much pub­li­cised move from Su­per­Sport United in Jan­uary.

Pressed whether Brockie will start this week­end‚ Mosi­mane hinted that the New Zealan­der would lead his at­tack against the Buc­ca­neers.

“If you know me‚ you can an­swer the ques­tion of whether Brockie will play against Pi­rates or not‚” said Mosi­mane.

“I am happy also that Aubrey Ngoma started‚ even though you can see that he is still rusty‚ but the tal­ent and po­ten­tial [are] there. He still needs game time and in the 60th minute you can see that he slowed down, hence we sub­sti­tuted him.

“Le­bo­hang Maboe is a young player who is still in­ex­pe­ri­enced but he works hard and needs some time.”

Brockie was un­der im­mense pres­sure from Brazil­ian fans to break his duck, as he has gone over a year with­out a goal in com­pet­i­tive foot­ball.

“Sup­port­ers are happy when you score and they are an­gry when the team lose‚ but one good thing about our sup­port­ers is that when we lose they still sing‚” Mosi­mane said.

“We lost to Baroka in the cup [Telkom Knock­out] but they were singing and we must give them credit for that. They are spoilt, be­cause they are so used to win­ning.”

Mosi­mane also said that if first-choice goal­keeper De­nis Onyango is passed fit by Downs’ med­i­cal team from a shoul­der in­jury he will take his place be­tween the sticks from Reyaad Pi­eterse‚ who again looked sus­pect against Stars.

“We are still fix­ing him and if he is ready‚ he is our No 1 goal­keeper.”

Mosi­mane said Pi­rates will ar­rive in the cap­i­tal as hot favourites be­cause of their re­cent per­for­mances.

“Let’s be hon­est‚ they are a free-flow­ing team‚ they are the favourites. They look good‚ they are noisy and they are on a high.

“They are win­ning ev­ery week. We just have to give them re­spect and do what we have to do,” the coach said.

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