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Bafana Bafana's new left back Marc Van Heerden spoke to Goal about how he began looking up to national legends to inspire him to reach his own dream

After having impressed in his debut for Bafana Bafana against Burkina Faso, AmaZulu's Van Heerden has been included in the squad for the international friendly against Zimbabwe on September 10.

He may have missed out on the squad for the all-important World Cup Qualifier against Botswana, but at least coach Gordon Igesund has indicated that the Usuthu man can break through if he continues to impress against the Warriors.

Van Heerden said he is honoured to be given another opportunity.

“I am definitely honoured and humble to be given an opportunity to represent my country. You know, since I was a little boy I have been dream of playing football for the national team and I am glad that I am now living that dream,” said Van Heerden.

Having played other sporting codes such as cricket and rugby, Van Heerden had his heart set on choosing football.

“I used to look up to guys like Neil Tovey, Eric Tinkler and Mark Fish. I would say to myself that one day I would love to be where they are. Another player that inspired me, although I was not a goalkeeper was Andre Arendse,” said Van Heeerden.

Due to the high competition in the national team, the Johannesburg born player said he is planning to do well at AmaZulu so that he can hopefully become a regular for Bafana.

“It all begins at home and that is why it is important for me to keep on working hard. I think my secret is that as much as I am defender, I love attacking because I started my career as a striker so I still have that passion for attacking,” he said.