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Brockie keen to avoid history repeating

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/06/2016

Revenge will be on the minds of the All Whites when they face New Caledonia in the semi-finals of the Oceania Nations Cup.

Four years ago New Zealand suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat to the same opposition at the same stage of the tournament.

"We owe them for what happened four years ago," says striker Jeremy Brockie.

"But I think this team is much better prepared.

"The coaching staff have got us well set up and well drilled - we all understand our roles in the squad. We're in a good head space at the moment and, if we prepare well and perform like we can do, then I don't see us having any problems in getting to the final."

The All Whites are unbeaten heading into the match at Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on Wednesday while New Caledonia drew with Tahiti to book their place in the last four and send the defending champions home.

Brockie, who was a late call-up to the squad after Shane Smeltz was ruled out by injury, enjoyed a stellar season in South Africa with SuperSport United which culminated in them winning the Nedbank Cup.

"To win that was a nice way to finish the season," said the 28-year-old.

He finished as the top scorer overall in league and cup competitions and despite being initially overlooked by coach Anthony Hudson was only too eager to join the national side in Papua New Guinea.

"I love playing for my country, it's a massive honour and I had no intentions of turning that down. I'm happy to be here and hopefully we can make some history."

Brockie led the attacking line in the 1-0 win over Solomon Islands but could be relegated to the reserves in favour of captain Chris Wood, who is expected to have recovered from his dislocated shoulder suffered against Vanuatu.

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