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'AmaZulu promotion will be tough' says Marc van Heerden

Posted: 10 September 2015 Time: 21:47

AmaZulu left-back Marc van Heerden admits it will be a difficult task to win promotion back to the PSL as the NFD is a rigorous league full of competition.

Usuthu lost their Premiership status last season after many struggles on the field, going 11 games without a win, and Van Heerden missed the first half of the campaign due to a knee injury.

However, after returning in January, the 27-year-old finished the season strongly in the left-back position, even earning a recall to the national team in June for an Afcon qualifier against Gambia, a friendly match against Angola and CHAN qualifiers against Mauritius.

Van Heerden, who was also part of the Bafana Bafana squad that disappointingly lost in the Cosafa Cup to Botswana, says the NFD is a tough league because everyone wants promotion to the PSL.

“The PSL and NFD are two different leagues and everybody in the NFD wants to get into the PSL so it's a tough, physical league,” Van Heerden tells KickOff.com.

“If you win the NFD, you win the gold medal anyway so it's all about winning and getting the team back as quickly as possible.

“It's a hard-running league so we are going to come up against teams that run for ninety minutes and don't stop, kick you and whatever the case may be … it’s just about dealing with it and playing football, winning the important matches and those crucial games.”

Van Heerden was expected to leave Usuthu following the club’s relegation but remains on a long-term contract until 2019.

Usuthu have won one and drawn one in their first two NFD matches and lie fifth in the standings. They host KZN neighbours Royal Eagles on Saturday at Princess Magogo Stadium.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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