DURBAN – Marc Van Heerden endured a turbulent time during his spell with Orlando Pirates as he struggled to command a regular starting berth, but the powerful left-footer is eager to revive his career at AmaZulu where he originally made his name.
Van Heerden parted ways with Pirates following his unsuccessful stint. He joined AmaZulu on a two year contract.
The 30-year-old fullback failed to make an impact in Parktown in 18 months, playing in only nine macthes for the Bucanneers.
Speaking with Independent Media, Van Heerden made it clear that he doesn’t consider his stay as failure in Parktown.
“No! My stay with Pirates wasn’t a failure. I was very professional at Pirates. I did my job to the best of my ability every single day. I worked hard as a professional.
“Not playing is part of the game? Everybody sees it differently. But I can’t pinpoint why I didn’t play. I don’t see it as a failure. I see it as a learning curve. When you go to these big clubs, you are likely to learn more as a person. I learned a lot from Pirates, I grew tremendously as a person.”
He will compete for the jersey with young Sibusiso Mabiliso and Siphiwe Mtsweni.
“I’m very excited and happy to be here at AmaZulu. This is a club that gave me my Premier Soccer League debut. It is a place that I love and it is a place that I want to be,” Van Heerden explained.
He spent eight seasons with Usuthu before departing for Chippa United in 2016.
“When I got the call to rejoin AmaZulu, it was an easy decision for me. The club has ambitions. It is a club that doesn’t want to just add numbers in to the PSL. They have a great coach (Cavin Johnson). We’ve got a good bunch of players, who want to be successful. I feel like I can help them do that. It is a club that has a lot of history.”
Usuthu will be looking to build on their vigilant displays from last season where they ended in eighth position, a spot which later dropped to ninth over the Tendai Ndoro saga.
“The way the coach want us to play suits me. Like I said, we’ve got a bunch of good players. We have the balance between youth and experience. It is literally about just walking back in to the club, putting my head down and working towards what’s the coach wants.” Van Heerden said.