The 30-year-old who joined Sundowns in the January transfer window amid much hype is yet to live up to expectations as he is yet to break his duck for his new club. Brockie most recently was involved in Sundowns' hard-fought victory over EC Bees and although he contributed with an assist for Thapelo Morena’s winning goal, that saw the Brazilians advance to the next round of Nedbank Cup, Brockie’s performances has garnered much criticism.
However, the Brazilians assistant coach is a lot more optimistic and believes that it not all doom and gloom for the New Zealand international.
“He is not struggling that much in front of goals but at times we become too critical of a player when he is not scoring‚” Mngqithi said to The Sowetan.
“The second goal by Thapelo Morena came from him‚ let’s give him a break. We know what he is capable of. We know that he is not a dribbler who will excite people but I can bet my money that he is going to score a lot of goals for us,” he added.
The former Golden Arrows coach though, acknowledged that anxiousness is beginning to creep into Brockie’s game.
“The fact that he has not scored until now is getting to him and he becomes more and more anxious. He is getting out of the positions that he is supposed to be in because he wants to be part of the game and create moments for himself‚” Mngqithi explained.
“Once you start moving away from the areas where you are strong‚ it is not good. It’s like him playing a cross for us. It is not good because he will be in a position where he is not dangerous but these things happen in football. When you have not been scoring for a long time‚ you start panicking and you question your ability,” he said.
But despite the former SuperSport United hitman’s struggles, Mngqithi is confident that Brockie will pitch in with a few vital goals before the end of the campaign.
"Honestly speaking‚ with a little bit of patience and less anxiety on his side and goals are going to come. I just have a feeling that he is going to score important goals for us‚ those goals that make you win the league,” he expressed.
"He will come through with a goal in those moments when everything looks bleak. I believe that he will score maybe five or more goals until the end of the season which will be a good return for us,” he concluded.