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The curious case of Jeremy Brockie...and Gaston Sirino

The curious case of Jeremy Brockie...and Gaston Sirino
From ESPN - April 11, 2018

Jeremy Brockie's coach Pitso Mosimane jokingly suggests there is witchcraft at play, but the long barren goalscoring run for the Mamelodi Sundowns striker is becoming no laughing matter.

The New Zealand international forward was prolific during his time at SuperSport United, netting 54 times in three seasons at Matsatsantsa, which prompted Sundowns to splash the cash in January and bring in the striker.

However, he has now gone 12 games and over 550 minutes on the pitch without a goal for his new club, and the search for that elusive strike is growing ever more desperate.

He is not alone in his struggles; Uruguayan Gaston Sirino has been kept scoreless in 10 matches, a statistic that Mosimane finds perplexing.

"They are two people who are really, really unfortunate," Mosimane told reporters. "We told them we must take them to the township to [see] one sangoma [a Southern African traditional diviner].

"I do not know who has jinxed Brockie. Sirino gets a chance every game but if he does not hit the post, then he misses an easy one," he added. "Same as Jeremy.

"Those guys are so unlucky, but they play well and they help us. It's OK, they are going to get there."

Mosimane, ever the perfectionist, said he had been reviewing videos of Sirino playing in Bolivia to try and find an answer to the mystery.

"I was watching again his games in South America just to try and see what is the difference is now," he continued. "You can see they play a little bit slower over there, they play to feet and the tempo is slow, like in West Africa. They drag the game.

"However, in the Absa Premiership, everybody moves quickly. So he is also trying to adjust to the pace but he will get there."

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