Cup King Brockie takes aim at latest title

Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

New Zealand striker Jeremy Brockie has been prolific since arriving at SuperSport United in January 2015, having grown a reputation for both the quantity and quality of his goals.

His record in cup games is magnificent with 22 strikes in 27 starts, and he will be the dangerman against Cape Town City again in Saturday's MTN8 final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

He tells KweséESPN about his knockout pedigree and how SuperSport United will be seeking revenge against City:

Is there any secret to all of these cup finals that SuperSport have been able to reach over the last seasons? This is now three in a row?
"I think there is a tradition at the club of winning trophies and I'm delighted I've been able to be a part of a few cup finals... and a few cup final wins since I've been here. The tradition does continue I think. It's nice to be in the MTN8 final, it's a competition that I haven't won before, or haven't progressed this far in before, and hopefully I can add another trophy to my CV."

Did you play any cup finals before you got to South Africa?
"No, look the league that I came from in Australia, there is only one other cup competition and that's relatively new. I never got anywhere near a final there. The only professional silverware I have, since I started playing football, is the two knockout trophies I have won in South Africa. Now that I've got a taste for it, it's something I want to keep continuing and keep winning."

Is there something special about the day, the build-up in the week? You certainly don't treat it as just another match?
"Yes, sure, there is a lot of media hype in the week leading up to the match and a lot of interaction with the fans; people connecting with you on social media, saying they are going to be in the stands, looking forward to watching the game etc. So the whole build up to it, the league, the sponsors and the country do a really good job of that and the day, when it comes, makes you feel very special. Walking out in front of a packed crowd, listening to the anthem, is a great buzz. And if you win the trophy at the end of it, it really tops off a fantastic atmosphere."

Why is it that you score so many cup goals?
"I think cup competitions are very different to the league obviously. They are shorter and there are not as many games. Every professional footballer wants to win as much silverware as they can in their career and I have had some great success in the cup competitions since I've been here. I'd like to add the MTN8 trophy to my cabinet and hopefully if I can add a goal to that in the final, that would be great."

What do you make of your opponents Cape Town City?
"Yeah, they are a good squad. They beat us in the Telkom Knockout final last season so I feel we owe them one. Benni (McCarthy) is been doing a good job since he took over as coach and they have some key x-factor players, who we need to keep quiet and be aware of on the day. But I think if we play to our strength and ability and our players turn up on the day - which I'm sure they will - I'd like to think we have a good chance of lifting the trophy."

Routine-wise, is there anything you do differently on cup final day?
"No, I don't really prepare differently. Obviously there is the hype and the excitement that is there of a cup final but for me I just prepare the same every day. Every game I talk to my kids on Face Time while I'm on the bus, soak in the atmosphere when I get to the stadium and listen to a couple of songs. And I'm raring to go!"

Do your family come along and watch?
"They came to the last cup final I played in, which was awesome to be playing in front of your family and friends. It makes the occasion even more special."