Local News 24.8.2016 02:29 pm

Van Heerden shines for Chippa

Man of the match Marc Van Heerden of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Chippa United and Free State Stars at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. (Deryck Foster/BackpagePix)

Man of the match Marc Van Heerden of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Chippa United and Free State Stars at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. (Deryck Foster/BackpagePix)

Marc Van Heerden was delighted to produce a Man-of-the-Match performance in his first game back in the Absa Premiership as Chippa United beat Free State Stars 2-1 on Tuesday evening.

Van Heerden joined Chippa this season after spending last season in the National First Division with AmaZulu. And he slotted in well immediately into Dan Malesela’s side, producing a late goalline clearance to preserve his side’s lead.

“It was a good start for us in the league and important to get off in the right way and I think it was really good considering it was my first game back in the PSL (Premiership) for a year,” said the 28 year-old left back on Wednesday.

Chippa did brilliantly to finish in the top eight last season and Van Heerden says there is a great mood in the camp.

“There is a good spirit in the club and a lot of positivity around the way we finished last season, but there is also room for improvement,” he said.

Chippa’s back four against Ea Lla Koto had a look of new and old about it, with James Okwuosa and Diamond Thopola regulars from last season, but Van Heerden and Bongani Kama new to the side.
“At the back there are only two regulars from last season, but we already formed a partnership and relationship during the pre-season,” added Van Heerden.

Chippa will next play Platinum Stars in Phokeng in the MTN8 quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon.

“I think they (Stars) have made that stadium their own and it will be a tough encounter, but we are up for the task,” said Van Heerden.

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results

Chiefs 2-0 Maritz United
Plat Stars 0-1 Baroka
Polokwane 3-2 Highlands
Maritzburg Utd 0-1 SuperSport
Highlands 0-1 Chiefs

fixtures

Chiefs vs Maritzburg Utd

psl log

# Team GP Pts
1 Orlando Pirates 3 7
2 Bidvest Wits 3 7
3 Arrows 3 6
4 Chippa United 2 4
5 Platinum Stars 2 4
6 Kaizer Chiefs 3 4
7 Cape Town City 3 4
8 Maritzburg Utd 3 4
9 SuperSport United 3 4
10 Highlands Park 2 3
11 Ajax Cape Town 3 2
12 Polokwane City 3 2
13 Sundowns 1 1
14 Bloem Celtic 2 1
15 Free State Stars 3 1
16 Baroka FC 2 1