Namibian football export, Rudolf Bester, says he is happy to put behind his Orlando Pirates nightmare and settle fast at Lomontville Golden Arrows, which is still in South Africa’s top flight league.
The soft-speaking attacker who joined Arrows on a seasonal loan after limited game-time at Pirates, says injuries nearly destroyed his football career after falling off the top hierarchy at the flamboyant black-and-white outfit.
“During my stay at Pirates, I suffered from a knee and ankle injury. I am fully fit. We all know things didn’t work out well at Pirates. But that is all history now. My focus is to help Arrows stay up. I have been in regular contact with the national team manager (Tim Isaacs) but I realise it would make no sense for me to get national team call-ups if I did not play enough games at Pirates,” says Bester, adding, his [future] next season will depend on whether Pirates still want him.
Arrows has started the new season on a slow pace and is rooted at the bottom of the log.
But Bester defends the side, saying: “Everything is going well here. There is no problem. I stay in Durban in my own apartment with my girlfriend. I have played three games, so far. I have even played an entire 90-minutes’ match while in two games, I have had to come off the bench.”
Since leaving Maritzburg United where he played 50 games and scored 13 goals in two seasons until 2011, Bester has only played 20 games and scored once at Pirates.
Having made his international debut in 2004, he made 40 appearances and scored 12 goals. Bester’s last international game was last year against Rwanda in Windhoek on 13th October. He is yet to meet with Brave Warriors’ coach, Ricardo Mannetti.
The former Blue Waters and Eleven Arrows attacker says he still misses his Pirates mates, particularly Tlou Segolela despite his reunion with his former Maritzburg strike partner, Norman Smith.
“Pirates is a big club and one needs to work hard to be there. I am always in contact with people at Pirates, especially Segolela. The guy is very funny, his English is not so good, yet he thinks he is the boss in the dressing room. Smith is also here, we played together at Maritzburg. Unfortunately, he is injured,” says Bester.
On his personal savings; “I don’t want people to judge me after my playing career. I am saving my money so that in the future, I can buy my own house and car since I currently drive my friend’s car. I don’t wish to knock at people’s houses for shelter after my career. I want to have my own house and my own keys.”