Marc van Heerden has spoken on why he asked to be released from Orlando Pirates after only a season and a half with the club.
Having joined Pirates in January last year from Chippa United, Van Heerden struggled for game-time at the Soweto giants. The defender played only eight games in total during his time with the Buccaneers. He has since re-joined AmaZulu in this transfer window, after parting ways with Bucs.
In an exclusive Soccer Laduma interview in this week’s paper, edition 1082, the 30-year-old left-back confirmed having asked for his exit from Bucs.
“I wasn’t playing regularly at Orlando Pirates and I asked the management to release me so I could seek game-time elsewhere. They agreed without any hassles. I am grateful to Pirates for giving me the opportunity to represent the club. I had some good memories there,” confirmed Van Heerden.
Following the player’s exit from Pirates, reports in the media linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs. From the squad they had last season under Steve Komphela, Chiefs have since parted ways with the experienced duo of left-backs in Tsepo Masilela and Sibusiso Khumalo, among other players who have left the club.
The Soweto giants have been expected to strengthen the defence for new coach Giovanni Solinas' squad with at least one experienced left-back for the upcoming season. So far in this transfer window, the only left-back signed by Amakhosi is 23-year-old Letlhogonolo Mirwa from ABC Motsepe League side Buya Msuthu.
Asked about the reports linking him to Chiefs prior to signing a deal with AmaZulu, Van Heerden confirmed hearing about them.
“There were a lot of such reports in the media about it and I am not sure if it was legit or not. My agent is the one who knows if there was something concrete or not, so it’s best if you talk to him about that,” said Van Heerden.
Under Komphela last season, Chiefs had Philani Zulu operating from the left-back role and making it his own with regular appearances under his belt.
The former Maritzburg United man made 24 league starts in total, while 21-year-old Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya, who is the only other left-back for Chiefs, made only two appearances.