If they'd listened to the naysayers, All Whites striker Jeremy Brockie - along with his wife and their two young kids - wouldn’t be enjoying life in South Africa.
They moved four years ago and absolutely love it.
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The Brockies made the move in 2015, when Jeremy signed with Pretoria-based side SuperSport United and the 31-year-old has thrived there.
He's won titles and goalscoring awards, and was nominated for African Footballer of the Year - a based-in-Africa award.
His form saw him called into the All Whites squad for the two-legged intercontinental playoff against Peru, bringing his international career to 50 games for his country.
Brockie has scored 54 goals in three seasons, which led to the league's most successful club - the Mamelodi Sundowns - signing him on a four-year deal.
There has also been plenty of success off the field, with Jeremy starting a line of beard products that are selling well at local markets.
What might have seen a risky move to Africa has worked out for the Brockies.