Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
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21 Jan 2016
3:53 pm

Van Heerden praised for show of “Ubuntu”

Sibongiseni Gumbi

AmaZulu FC defender, Marc van Heerden won the hearts and praise of Usuthu supporters with his show of Ubuntu and sportsmanship last Saturday.

Marc van Heerden of Amazulu FC during the National Football Division match between Amazulu and Vasco da Gama at the Princess Magogo Stadium in Kwa-Mashu, South Africa on January 17, 2016 ©Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

The former Bafana Bafana defender left fans pleasantly amused when he unselfishly gave the ball to veteran striker and Usuthu’s new signing, Siyabonga Nomvethe to take the penalty and score his first goal in the Durban based team’s colours.

“The team was 1-0 up against Vasco Da Gama through van Heerden’s goal when they were awarded a penalty. Van Heerden is the trusted penalty taker in the team, and he was called up to take it,” one of the supporters who were at Princess Magogo for the game told Phakaaathi.

“But he did something that left us all surprised. He showed Ubuntu when he took the ball, called Nomvethe, shook his hand and hugged him before handing him the ball, signalling that he should take the penalty. We were clapping even before Nomvethe scored the penalty, appreciating what van Heerden had done,” added the supporter.

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AmaZulu went on to win the game 4-1, with Petrus Shitembi and Goodman Dlamini scoring the other goals. The National First Division campaigners will hope for more goals when they visit embattled Moroka Swallows at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Milano United jumped up to fourth on the NFD log after beating championship favourites, Cape Town All Stars 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon.  Stars would have reclaimed first position if they had won the game.