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EXCLUSIVE: SuperSport 'buzzing' ahead of Crystal Palace, Sporting Lisbon encounters

South African club SuperSport United get a rare chance to potentially take on two European clubs this weekend.

The Matsatsantsa meet Premier League club Crystal Palace this Friday in the Cape Town Cup which takes place in South Africa's second most populous city.

Ahead of that monumental meeting, SuperSport star Jeremy Brockie admits there is a real feeling of excitement in the squad as they get set to welcome one of England's elite.

"The boys are buzzing, it's not every day you get to play against EPL teams," New Zealand international Brockie told tribalfootball.com.

"You grow up watching the Premier League every week and to be able to get the chance to play against them will be great. To play them in the beautiful city of Cape Town makes it even better."

Brockie made the move to South Africa from A-League club Wellington Phoenix earlier this year and although he sees the Palace fixture as a good chance to put himself in the shop window for a bigger move, he is simply focused on doing his job for his current club.

"I guess there's always the slight chance that you could catch someone's eye and attract some interest but for me it's important to try and perform every game I play," the 27-year-old added.

"Right now, the season starts in two weeks' time and to be able to play quality opposition like Palace will set us up nicely for the start of the season."

Palace boats such names as Yannick Bolasie, Wilfried Zaha, James McArthur and now Yohan Cabaye, but one that stands out to Brockie is that of Australian national team captain Mile Jedinak who cut his teeth in the A-League with the Central Coast Mariners before making the move to Europe.

"They have a very decent squad with a lot of experienced players," he added.

"They finished last season strong and their season is not far away also so they aren't coming for a run around.

"I'm looking forward to coming up against Jedinak as the last time I played him was in 2008 when he was at the Mariners and to see how far he has gone and what he has achieved is very special."

The tournament, which also sees Ajax Cape Town and Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon in action, is also a fantastic convenience for SuperSport's young players to gain some much-needed experience on such a testing stage.

"It's a massive opportunity for the young players in our team," said Brockie. "Not only an opportunity to gain invaluable experience but an opportunity for a couple to maybe catch the eye and pick up contracts overseas.

"There are a lot of gifted players here in South Africa and it's a great market for overseas clubs to explore up and coming players."

The Palace result will define who SuperSport take on in the second match of the pre-season cup as Ajax Cape Town meet Sporting in the second of Friday's double-header but Brockie has his fingers crossed he also gets to test himself against another European heavyweight.

"Hopefully we get to play Lisbon also, it depends on the two results as the two winners play each other," he added further.

"We play Ajax Cape Town a few times a season so it would be great to get to play a Portuguese powerhouse also."

Andrew Slevison
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