Van Heerden desperate to end drought
Posted: 22 June 2017 Time: 08:49
Marc van Heerden says he is keen to wipe out the agony of not having won any silverware through all the 12 years that he has spent playing professional football.
The stocky left-back – now in the colours of Orlando Pirates – will be presented with the chance of landing his maiden winners’ medal on Saturday when his club faces off with SuperSport United in the Nedbank Cup final on Saturday night at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“The thought of having never won anything in professional football is one that you cannot ignore because it hurts,” he tells KickOff.com.
The 29 year-old was a teenager when he started playing for the first team at University of Pretoria in 2005.
He then moved on to AmaZulu in 2008, staying on with Usuthu until he joined Chippa United in July last year from where he then moved on to Pirates at the beginning of this year.
“As a footballer you want to win things,” he continued. “And when you are around players that have won trophies before, you can see what it means to them so you take a leaf out of their book and try to motivate yourself to try and go out to win that trophy. Everybody is excited and everybody hopes that you go out and win something.
“I want that gold medal in my cabinet so there is a feeling of excitement going into the final and it is a feeling of hope and a feeling of ‘I must achieve something’. You get this feeling from the guys that have won trophies … they are excited that we are in another final and are excited that we can go and win a trophy plus a medal to add to their collections. I really want to win this one.”
Van Heerden admits he’s been taunted back his lack of success in football, but hopes to put the disappointment behind him this weekend.
“How can you not think about it? You obviously think about it because at the end of every season you sit down and think that ‘I just had another season of PSL football without winning anything’,” he says. “So obviously you get disappointed that you haven’t won anything and you have to look at why and the circumstances around it and your choices as a person.
"It is a feeling of disappointment that you haven’t won anything in your career and at the same time you have to be grateful that you play professional football,” he adds.
Though not a regular in his time at Pirates, he played 90 minutes in the Nedbank Cup semi-final against Golden Arrows which has been his only appearance in this competition, with all of his other five appearances coming in the league.