Wednesday May 25, 2016. 12:36
Jeremy Brockie is hopeful that the next couple of weeks will yield success for both SuperSport Untied and the New Zealand national team.
The 28-year-old will spearhead Matsatsantsa as they aim to cap a rather disappointing 2015-16 Premier Soccer League season, by lifting the Nedbank Cup title on Saturday.
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Brockie will the jet to Papua New Guinea where he will link up with his All Whites' teammates the following day. New Zealand kick-off their 2016 OFC Nations Cup campaign against Fiji this weekend.
"It is always an honour and privilege to get called up to the national team," said Brockie. "It is an important tournament for us.
"If we can win that then we will qualify for the Confederations Cup in Russia next year which will result in more high-profile games for the national team...and we can improve our ranking that is very poor at the moment.
Brockie will miss the opening game, but will be in contention for clashes against Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands.
The final is scheduled to take place at Port Moresby on the 11th of June.
First for Brockie, though, is a Nedbank Cup final assignment against Orlando Pirates in Polokwane.
"It will be nice to win the Nedbank Cup on Saturday and the fly out to meet the national team on Sunday and hopefully lift a couple of trophies in the space of a couple of weeks," Brockie added. "It will be a nice way to end the season."
New Zealand currently occupy 161st spot in the latest FIFA World Rankings, but will be favourites to win a fifth OFC title.
SuperSport teammate Michael Boxall has also been included in the squad.
Brockie has scored one goal in 47 games for New Zealand since his debut 10 years ago.