JOHANNESBURG – Former Orlando Pirates left-back Marc Van Heerden is set to rejoin AmaZulu.
Van Heerden recently parted ways with the Bucanneers following his unsuccessful stint with the Premiership Soccer League giants.
Usuthu’s team manager, Qedi Dlamini, confirmed that they are interested in signing Van Heerden.
“Yes, it is true that we are in talks with Marc. We will meet with him this week and we will take it from there. We want to sign him and by the end of the week we might have a good news for our supporters,” Dlamini said.
Van Heerden left Usuthu three seasons ago. He joined Chippa United where he become a regular.
His stellar performances for the Chilli Boys attracted the interest of Pirates.
He struggled to command a regular starting berth at the Gauteng club.
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His agent, Mike Makaab of ProSport International, explained why Van Heerden left Pirates.
“We negotiated a mutual termination with Pirates which I’m grateful for. He was happy at Pirates but obviously not happy with the fact that he was not getting game time. We had a serious chat with Pirates and they were very honest with us. They didn’t see him in their future plans. He has got another three to five years at the top level. He looks after himself.
He is very professional footballer. We’ve got to find him a club where he is going to have a stable number of years. We are talking to a number of clubs,” Makaab stated.
Pirates recently signed Paseko Mako from Chippa United. Mako will compete with Innocent Maele at the left-back position.
The club is also expected to cut ties with Nkosinathi Mthiyane who is also operating as a left-back.
On other hand, Van Heerden will battle it out with the young Sibusiso Mabiliso for the jersey at Usuthu should he rejoin them.
AmaZulu have already made significant signings for the new season. They added the well travelled midfielder Nhlanhla Vilakazi to their squad as well as veteran goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs.
Experienced stiker Siyabonga Nomvethe is expected to sign a new one year deal with the club.