Van Heerden remains in limbo
Former Bafana Bafana winger Elrio van Heerden remains in limbo as he searches for a new club.
Van Heerden is currently keeping fit with Ajax Cape Town while the player’s representatives try and find him an opportunity overseas.
He is a free agent, so is unaffected by the closure of the transfer window on Friday, but appears to be no closer to a new home.
Ajax officials have been vehement in their denials that he will be signing for the team, and say they are merely doing the player’s business manager, Rob Moore, a former owner of the Urban Warriors, a favour in helping the player.
However, it is likely that he might have been offered a deal had the Zimbabwean winger Paul Rusike joined Belgian side OH Leuven, as was touted last week.
Van Heerden was released by Lamontville Golden Arrows at the end of last season, despite having a good season with Abafana Bes’thrende.
He made 23 appearances for Golden Arrows in all competitions last season, playing on both the right and left-hand side of midfield.
The 29-year-old was developed through the UPE-FCK academy that also produced the likes of Kermit Erasmus and Siboniso Gaxa.
He then joined Danish side FC Copenhagen in 2002, before leaving for Club Brugge in 2006. He was a hit there, and won himself a deal at English Premiership Blackburn Rovers, though he never played a first-team fixture for the club and was loaned out to Turkish side Sivasspor. There he played under Ertugral.
After leaving Rovers in 2010, he had a season at Westerlo before being released as a free agent, eventually signing for Golden Arrows. He won the last of his 38 Bafana Bafana caps in a friendly international against Jamaica in November 2009.