Brockie targets third straight title
Posted: 9 February 2018 Time: 17:30
Jeremy Brockie has a love affair with the Nedbank Cup and he will be hoping to get his hands on the trophy for a third consecutive time this year.
The new Mamelodi Sundowns striker first won it in 2016, as he celebrated his first piece of silverware in South Africa with SuperSport United, beating Orlando Pirates at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Matsatsantsa defended the trophy at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban last year, beating the Buccaneers again.
Brockie scored in both finals with his head, so he’s hoping to do the same for Sundowns, who last won the competition in 2015 when they beat Ajax Cape Town in a penalty shootout.
“It would be pretty nice [to win it again]. It was the first piece of silverware I won here in South Africa and I have managed to go back-to-back with it. I feel I am in the right team to be able to go and do it a third time,” Brockie says.
“There’s obviously some way to go to get to the that stage, but that’s something that’s on my mind and hopefully I can make that achievement.”
After finishing 2017 with just one trophy in the cabinet – the CAF Super Cup – Sundowns are determined to win a lot more in 2018.
“There’s potentially six trophies [Nedbank Cup, Absa Premiership, MTN8, Telkom Knockout, CAF Champions League, Fifa Club World Cup] for us to win in this calender year and the Nedbank Cup finishes pretty much at the same time as the league.
“We want to win every competition we are in. That’s what I enjoy about being at this club, they want to win every competition they are in. Sometimes that does not happen, but the Nedbank Cup has been missing in the cabinet for some time now and that’s something the boys want to lift.”
Sundowns take on National First Division side Cape Town All Stars in the last 32 at Athlone Stadium tonight (20h00).
“If we play to our strengths, then we should find ourselves in the next round. We are not going in over confident or underestimating them because upsets do happen in this competition,” Brockie says.