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Why Bucs Defender Should Start In Micho's Team

Orlando Pirates Defender Impressive In First Start

By Soccer Laduma - Nov 03, 2017 11:58 AM

The Orlando Pirates technical team will be likely to reward Marc van Heerden with another run for the team in their upcoming game.

Read: Bucs Revitalise Interest In Downs Defender

Having struggled for game-time since the start of the season, Van Heerden impressed when given a chance for the first time in the current campaign against Mamelodi Sundowns.

The defender was handed his first start of the season under Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic and his technical team in the league game against Sundowns on Wednesday.

The left back scored the only goal for Bucs on the night with a superb free-kick as Sredojevic’s side lost 3-1 against Downs.

Apart from the goal he scored, Van Heerden had an impressive game against Downs – leaving the technical team spoilt for choice for selection for the upcoming game this weekend. 

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Van Heerden’s Numbers Against Sundowns      

 Touches

 Shots

 Shots on target 

 Shot assists 

 Passes

 Successful passes

      76

    1

            1

         1

     59

               47

 Balls won

 Balls lost

 Tackle won

 Clearances

 Aerial duels   won

 Ground duels won

      15

      22

         1

         9

   3

             2

Van Heerden had an impressive game making a total of 79 touches – the highest number by any Pirates player on the night. The other players that came close to him in that category were Abbubaker Mobara (72), Mpho Makola (70), Thabo Matlaba (67) and substitute Musa Nyatama (64). 

Van Heerden made 59 passes – 47 of them were successful with 80% passing accuracy. The 29-year-old will need to improve on the ‘balls lost’ category to further advance his game. None of the aerial duels that Van Heerden was involved in was lost and he didn’t commit any fouls.

Read: Wits Want To Pounce On ‘Major’?

In their next game, The Buccaneers will host Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium in the Telkom Knockout quarter-finals on Saturday.  


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Realydoctor10 Joined: 18 Nov 2016
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Realydoctor10 Nov 08, 2017 12:46 AM
My aim was to see Marc play to Pirates defence look now he proved the coach wrong and convinced the fans that he is the good player at the back he did Gabuza's job against Sundowns the time he score his single goal
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SenzoMthembu Nov 04, 2017 05:23 AM
My prayer was accepted for this player
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mosekaphofu maggosim Nov 03, 2017 06:41 PM
@Unicorn ... I thought so as well
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Michaeltshigama Nov 03, 2017 06:20 PM
He's a good player n he should start the game
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Unicorn Nov 03, 2017 05:53 PM
If this player can be converted to cm position trust me pirates can win games
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seun sithole njhini Nov 03, 2017 05:24 PM
Welldone boy keep it up and pull ur sox its ur time now
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tshwedi81 Nov 03, 2017 05:02 PM
Always when he play pirates lose the game, he must stay on the bench. are we still call pirates happy people i don't think so
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bbs1977 Nov 03, 2017 04:27 PM
@mrk-275 Who was loaned last season?
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Ruud-Krol(mugabel) Nov 03, 2017 04:27 PM
Besides scoring the free kick I don't remember anything notable that he did. He's very poor going forward, most of the time he eas forced to go back to his own half and make back passes. Just an average player who can take free kicks, the bench suits hin very well.
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Sucker Punch The Legend Nov 03, 2017 02:55 PM
A cow from a small team
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mrk-275 Nov 03, 2017 02:44 PM
@BucsEternally i dont know why they loaned him last season the boy is great hey
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mrk-275 Nov 03, 2017 02:43 PM
He did very well on the night but i have trust my techical team will reward him with another run. He is of good quality indeed
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Saul Bucks Nov 03, 2017 02:41 PM
Is good player and Norridien
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BucsEternally Nov 03, 2017 02:38 PM
He Should Start And Also Chabalala Reminded Me Of Siya Sangweni
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nhlekoraymond Nov 03, 2017 02:19 PM
A good player indeed
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Boris Becker Nov 03, 2017 01:59 PM
@ Miss__Bridgertte Layun did you want to say 'Just like us'
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Mondli hates qhabanga Nov 03, 2017 01:57 PM
Surely he needs game time (':')
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Boris Becker Nov 03, 2017 01:57 PM
@Buccaneer 4 lyf where did you steal that picture in profile wena kwedini?
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Xolisa{khosificated} Nov 03, 2017 01:53 PM
@Mxolisingongoma looool kaloku they make Pitso's job much easier...
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Boikago BK Mosehle Nov 03, 2017 01:52 PM
What a player is Van Heerden Pirates have,given a chance will show everyone how much he worth wearing Happy People jersey

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