Off the Pitch with Marc van Heerden.


On this week’s off the field feature AmaZulufc.net catches up with talented left-back Marc van Heerden who’s due for a come back from injury about his take on life. Article by Silindile Xulu.
                                                      
Silindile: How do you keep in touch with your family & friends in Joburg?                                           
MVH:
It’s largely dependent on technology because I often use Skype and phone calls to talk to them.

Silindile: Which can you recall as an interesting time since you joined AmaZulu?
MVH
: There have been a lot of interesting things, obviously Moses Mabhida Stadium becoming our home ground. A lot of coaches have come and gone over the year, that’s always an interesting thing.

Silindile: Describe your first thought when you joined AmaZulu?
MVH:
Yho! We had nothing, we had three shirts and two shorts but we made use of it. We have come a long way with club and it has been an honour. I joined AmaZulu in the 2008/2009 season and that time Clive Barker was the coach.                                            
         

Silindile: What made you the player that you are today?
MVH
: I guess going through youth developments and my father being involved in football and different coaches that I have had throughout the years. With the right attitude and good grooming and all of the above in addition contributed to the way I turned out.                                                                                                                   
 
Silindie: How was your father involved in Football?
MVH
: He was a professional footballer overseas and played for Highland Spark in that time, football is in my blood.

Silindile: You seem to have a lot of injuries lately, how do you deal with them psychologically?
MVH:
It is tough players do not like to be injured, it was an unlucky tackle that happened but I have gained strength.    

                      

Silindile: Do you fear that the injuries might affect your career?
MVH:
No I have matured as a player, I am stronger than I use to be and I take good care of myself.

Silindile: When you get back what should the supporters expect from you?
MVH:
The same old me, same player that works hard and gives his all in all match situations and those free kicks!

Silindile: What is the difference in the team this second round?
MVH
: Let’s not ignore that we are currently fighting and if we can keep doing what we are doing as a team and keep working harder, things may turn better than we even expected like even sneaking into the top six.  
            
Silindile: How did you get the name nickname “Sdumo”?
MVH:
When I was playing for University of Pretoria, we use to watch ‘Sgudi Snayisi’ and there was that old man with a beard and I also had a beard in that time. My teammates decided to call me Sdumo, the main character of the show.
                                                     
Silindile: Where do you draw your inspiration from?
MVH
: From Waking up every morning and doing something that I truly love and enjoy doing, the support that I get from my family, supporters and the team.

Silindile: Do you have any other interests besides football? 
MVH:
I enjoy a bit of golf and I am a good cook.

Silindile: What are your other passions?
MVH
: I enjoy fine wine and dinning and spending time with my girlfriend and two new-borns in my family.                                                                                                                        
 
Silindile: Since football is a short term career, what are your future plans?
MVH:
I would love to open my own restaurant in fact be a head chef, I truly love making good food.
 

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