An Orlando Pirates player who recently survived an attempted hijacking is considering leaving the club as he feels unsafe in Johannesburg.
A source close to defender Marc van Heerden has revealed that he wants to go back to the coast and the recent incident has fuelled his desire to leave the City of Gold.
“He was with his wife in Bryanston when the incident happened. Now he is really trying to get Pirates to allow him to go to any team in Durban or Cape Town, which is his preferred destination. He said he would gladly rejoin Chippa United as well if that were to be an option for him,” said the source.
The 29-year-old leftback joined the Buccaneers last season but his progress has been hindered by injury.
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Orlando Pirates defender Marc Van Heerden could reportedly be offloaded by the club in January, 2018.
The full-back is yet to feature for the Buccaneers in a competitive match this season.
Innocent Maela has been preferred ahead of Van Heerden in the left-back position by Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic.
The Citizen source has disclosed that Van Heerden wanted to leave the club during the last July-August Transfer Window.
However, Bucs club chairman Dr Irvin Khoza reportedly turned down his transfer request.
“But Khoza was not too keen on the move and asked that he stay a little longer and fight for his position.” the source said.