Maritzburg Utd boss Kadodia explains Brockie u-turn

2019-09-11 06:00
New Maritzburg United striker Jeremy Brockie. PHOTO: gallo images

New Maritzburg United striker Jeremy Brockie. PHOTO: gallo images

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MARITZBURG United claim that they owed it to their troubled supporters and the city to make a sudden u-turn in the Jeremy Brockie transfer development.

The off-form outfit initially revealed before lunch on transfer deadline day on Monday that they didn’t have enough cash to take Brockie on loan from Sundowns, but then said in a statement 70 minutes from the cut-off at midnight that they had glady signed the lethal striker.

“This is more than just a signing. This is an investment for the city and a major thank you for our fast-growing fan base in the province of KwaZulu-Natal,” said Maritzburg boss Farook Kadodia.

The deal apparently was revived late on Monday by Sundowns being willing to heavily subsidise Brockie’s salary in the Midlands for the season.

This was so that he would get enough game-time and rejoin them next season with a fresh hope of winning a place in their star-studded line-up.

The 31-year-old attacker is the 11th new face in Maritzburg’s squad for this season and the third from Oceania, after fellow New Zealander Daniel Morgan and Soloman Islands international Micah Lea’alafa. “This is a headline signing for us, aquiring a player who comes with such excellent pedigree,” said a happy Kadodia.

“We were content with the squad reinforcements which had been made, but when Brockie became available, we could not pass up the opportunity to bring him to Pietermaritzburg.

“The reality is, we cannot continue to cry about missed chances in games which we dominated but failed to score in.

“With Jeremy, we know how prolific he was during his time with SuperSport United; he is an experienced, proven PSL goal-scorer with an excellent all-round game and we feel very optimistic about what he will bring to our team.”

Brockie’s arrival comes after a four-match winless run by coach Eric Tinkler’s team.

Tinkler now, simply, has to ensure that Brockie and his co-forwards get enough balls up front in the team’s desperation for goals.

“We believe that Maritzburg United will provide a great opportunity for the player to reignite his career,” Kadodia added.

“Fans at the Harry Gwala Stadium will remember when Brockie played here in a SuperSport jersey and made our lives tough — he always seemed to score here — I recall a game when we were fighting relegation and Brockie turned and scored with a volley to win the match for his team.”

Brockie’s move was the most notable development on transfer deadline day in South Africa. Ironically, his debut for United could come against his former team-mates in Pretoria on September 21.

Sundowns also released attacking midfielder George Lebese on Monday, on a permanent basis.

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