Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United challenged by Jean Kasusula of TP Mazembe during 2017 CAF Confederations Cup Final Supersport United training at TP Mazembe Stadium in Stade Kamalondo DRC on 19 November 2017 © Aubrey Kgakatsi /BackpagePix
Friday Nov 24, 2017. 20:00
SuperSport United forward Jeremy Brockie, 30, has revealed that lifting the 2017 CAF Confederations Cup title will serve as some consolation following New Zealand's failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The All Whites lost to Peru in a World Cup playoff earlier this month as the South American's booked their return to the world showpiece - set to take place in Russia next year.
Brockie jumped straight onto the plane to Lubumbashi from Lima as Matsatsantsa went on to suffer a 2-1 defeat away to TP Mazembe in the first leg of this year's CAFCC final.
SuperSport play host to the Ravens in the reverse fixture at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.
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“I was probably lucky enough that the TP Mazembe game came soon after our loss in Peru‚" Brockie told the media. "It did not give me enough time to reflect and think about missing out on the World Cup too much.
"It was obviously disappointing that the dream ended on the last hurdle but I have been lucky enough to play at one World Cup tournament and being so close to another one did hurt a lot.
“It is every kid’s dream to play at the World Cup. I’ll probably reflect on that later but it is good that these two games came shortly after the disappointment.
Brockie continued: "In terms of club career‚ winning this tournament would be right there at the top‚" he said.
"The only thing higher from a club point of view is winning the Champions League and going to the FIFA Club World Cup," he concluded.