Recent reports suggested that Amakhosi were mulling over the idea of signing the 30-year-old as they look to bolster their squad ahead of the new season. Chiefs recently released the likes of Tsepo Masilela and Sibusiso Khumalo.
Meanwhile, Van Heerden was given his clearance to depart Pirates after being deemed surplus to requirements. The former AmaZulu player signed for Pirates from Chippa United in January of 2017, but saw his game time limited due to stiff competition at the club. Van Heerden managed just two league appearances during the now concluded 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.
However, despite reports linking Van Heerden with a move to Naturena, according to sources close to the Phakaaathi publication, the left-back is set to snub the Soweto giants in favour of an Usuthu return.
Van Heerden is reportedly unhappy with life in Johannesburg and hopes that a return to KwaZulu-Natal could reignite his career.
“He is no longer going to Chiefs,” a source told Phakaaathi.
“AmaZulu came with an offer he liked and he felt he would be happier away from Johannesburg. He has been unhappy in Johannesburg as there were incidents that happened he was uncomfortable with,” he added.
“He was once almost hijacked and felt his family is unsafe here. Such things never happened to him while he was in Durban,” the source concluded.
Nonetheless, the publication further report that Van Heerden will start training with Cavin Johnson’s men on Monday.
AmaZulu narrowly missed out on a place in the top eight following the PSL’s ruling on the Tendai Ndoro eligibility case, and Johnson will hope that bringing the defender to the club will see them finish higher up the table next season.