Rudolf Bester

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Rudolf Bester
Personal information
Date of birth (1983-07-19) 19 July 1983 (age 33)
Place of birth Otjiwarongo, South-West Africa
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker, Winger
Club information
Current team
Moroka Swallows
Number 25
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2006 Blue Waters
2006–2007 Eleven Arrows
2008 Čukarički Stankom 23 (2)
2009 Eleven Arrows
2009–2011 Maritzburg United 52 (13)
2011–2014 Orlando Pirates 20 (1)
2013–2014 Golden Arrows (loan) 18 (3)
2014–2015 Free State Stars 8 (0)
2015– Moroka Swallows 7 (0)
National team
2004– Namibia 46 (13)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 September 2013.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 May 2014

Rudolf Bester (born 19 July 1983 in Otjiwarongo) is a Namibian football striker who currently plays in the South African Premier Soccer League for Moroka Swallows.

He previously played for Serbian SuperLiga club FK Čukarički Stankom,[1] having joined the team in January 2008 from Eleven Arrows.

He was a part of the Namibian squad at the 2008 African Cup of Nations.[2] He has a record of 13 goals for Namibia and is currently the highest national top goal scorer, ahead of retired Gerros Uri-khob with 12 and Ruben Van Wyk with 11 goals. Despite coming on for Orlando Pirates as a substitute in various games, Bester once gave Pirates an important victory in the last games of the 2011/12 league season. The win came at a crucial time and contributed to the team's league title. Pirates were held 1–1 by Cosmos and in the dying minutes of the second half, he scored a winning cracker to give the defending champions a 3-point lead on top of the table against relegation bound Jomo Cosmos in the 2011/12 season.[3]

In June 2012 Rudolf Bester missed three important international matches due to Injury. He was expected to play for Namibia's Brave Warriors in the 2014 Brazil World Cup Qualifiers against Nigeria, Kenya and 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Liberia. He recovered from the injury and returned to international duty in a friendly against Rwanda on Saturday, 13 October 2012 in Windhoek. He is one of the few Namibians to play professional football outside Namibia, the first Namibian to win the PSL with Pirates and the first Namibian to play against Tottenham Hotspur of England.

His name is occasionally spelled as Rudolph in some sources.


International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Namibia's goal tally first.[4]


  1. ^ Ihuhua, Corry. "Bester is best for Arrows". The Namibian, 12 January 2009. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.
  2. ^ Saaid, Hamdan. "African Nations Cup 2008 – Final Tournament Details". RSSSF, 4 September 2008. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.
  3. ^ FIFA. "Bester wonder goal lifts Pirates to top". AFP, 9 April 2012. Retrieved on 6 May 2013.
  4. ^ Földesi, László. "Rudolph Bester – Goals in International Matches". RSSSF. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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