New Zealander Jeremy Brockie scored his first competitive goal since joining Mamelodi Sundowns last January to establish a South Africa win by 3-1 on Free State Stars on Wednesday.
Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate a goal. Image: @ Masandawana / Twitter
JOHANNESBURG – New Zealander Jeremy Brockie scored his first competitive goal since joining Mamelodi Sundowns last January to establish a Absa Premiership victory for 3-1 against Free State Stars on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old international striker joined the 2016 Champions League winners after ranking consistently for another high-level club based in Pretoria, SuperSport United.
But Brockie struggled to replicate his previous form in Sundowns, leading him to be regularly relegated to the bank.
Starting against Free State, he took advantage of the comic advantage of defending his club in a 12-minute lead at the Loftus Versfeld stadium. The Sundowns shared with the rugby team Blue Bulls.
The defense of Uruguayan Gaston Sirino extended the lead to three goals before Harris Tchilimbou of the Congo Brazzaville retumated a goal for Stars in 37 minutes.
Sundowns kept their advantage in the second half and climbed three thirds to third place, five points behind the leaders Orlando Pirates, who host Saturday.
"It was great for Jeremy's confidence that he finally scored," said Sundowner coach and former South African coupman Pitso Mosimane.
"After fighting for so long to get into the scoreboard, it could end up with a hat-trick as the goalkeeper of Free State twice disabled with good guards."
The holders of the FA Cup trophies from South Africa, which will represent the country in the CAF 2019 Confederation Cup with Kaizer Chiefs, will remain eighth in the championship of 16 clubs.
In Soweto, Chiefs rose seventh to fourth place and finished 12th place of Black Leopards 1-0 through a goal from Zimbabwean Willard Katsande.
A corner four minutes before half an hour took the winner with the ball caring through the goalmouth to Katsande, who bravely led goalkeeper goalkeeper King Ndlovu.
The pirates have 22 points after 12 rounds, Wits 20, Sundowns, Chiefs, Bloemfontein Celtic and Polokwane City 17 and SuperSport 15.