Going into the eight-week break, Usuthu are at the base of the log – a position that they occupied on the opening day after being hammered by Kaizer Chiefs – but Van Heerden believes just as much as it is disappointing to be in the relegation zone, he is confident they will rise up.
“It is actually very disappointing that we are at the bottom because nobody likes being in the position that we are in right now,” he tells KickOff.com.
“Our situation is basically that we have been at the bottom because we haven’t been fortunate enough to get points from a lot of games from which we deserved something from.
“However, we will be digging deep to get ourselves out of this in the new year and we know very well that we will have to step up. It is actually tough and depressing to be at the bottom with each passing week, but this is the time when you need to have to be strong mentally.
“Going into matches sitting at the bottom and then conceding goals almost every week is difficult especially for the younger guys and can be demoralising at times. However, we are positive that we will be out of the drop zone just a few games into the second round because we have a good squad.
“Right now we have to concentrate on getting out of the drop zone first before thinking of anything else. We obviously hopeful of even getting somewhere near the top half because we still have a chance,” he says.
The 24-year-old adds that he will be using the festive season break to spend time with family in Johannesburg before moving down to Cape Town to be with his fiancée