Brockie: The confidence is back

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It’s been quite a tough journey for the New Zealand-born forward, who joined the Brazilians for what is believed to have been a hefty fee in January, only for him to struggle to find the form that made Sundowns sign him in the first place. He missed chances that he would normally bury in his sleep and it was just not working out for him in front of goal like it had been in the past.

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Many strikers would start doubting their ability, but Brockie never gave up. He had the smile he always had in training and knew that his barren run would not go on forever. And, of course, it didn’t. 
Brockie broke his scoring duck with a well-taken goal against Free State Stars in the Absa Premiership earlier this month and opened his CAF Champions League account with a sublime volley in Sundowns’ 2-0 victory over Leones Vegetarianos on Wednesday. 
The 31-year-old is slowly repaying the faith Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has showed in him and this should be a big concern for defenders who now have to face a player high on confidence.  
“I spent quite a lot of time on the bench not getting game-time, but for me you just have to mentally prepare yourself and keep yourself in the right space, and make sure you keep yourself fit because you know that at some stage you are going to get an opportunity to play,” he said after scoring the beautiful goal against Vegetarianos.
“When I found out that I was going to play against Free State Stars I was quite confident going into that game. I finally broke the duck and now the confidence is back. Every time I go on the pitch now I feel like I can get a goal; so to start off with a goal in the Champions League qualifiers is a very good feeling.”
Next on his hit list is former side SuperSport United, who have to be on high alert to keep him quiet.