MEHALALITOE captain, Boitumelo “Queen” Rabale is slowly settling down at Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies after the South African side were recently crowned inaugural winners of the CAF Women’s Champions League/COSAFA qualifiers.
Sept. 17, 2021
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Rabale loving life at Sundowns
Mehalalitoe captain, Boitumelo 'Queen' Rabale
- Says her career is on right track
- Looking forward to CAF Women’s Champions League
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The 25-year-old forward came from the bench in all the five matches that Sundowns played at the regional qualifiers and netted two goals, which came against LDF Ladies in the group stage and a scorcher in the final against Black Rhinos Queens of Zimbabwe.
The 3-0 win over Rhinos in the final not only gave Sundowns the bragging rights in the region and a trophy, but they also secured a spot to play at the CAF Women’s Champions League to be staged in Egypt later this year.
“It feels good to be part of the Sundowns team that were crowned as regional champions during the recent COSAFA qualifiers for the CAF Women’s Champions League. It was a goal I set for myself after joining the club,” Rabale stated.
“I’m happy that my career with the club is on the right track and we have qualified for the CAF Women’s Champions League,” she also said.
Rabale, who joined Sundowns in April this year, had previously played for Bloemfontein Celtic Ladies and twice helped them clinch the then South African Women’s National League Championship.
“Yes, being at Sundowns is different to Celtics. It is very different because I get to play in competitions like the CAF Women’s Champions League, where I will be playing among the giants of the continent,” the Mehalalitoe skipper said. It hasn’t been an easy journey since joining the club, but I’m pushing hard because it’s a big team, with a big squad and the competition to be in the starting line-up is immense.
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“I’m happy with the contribution I have made thus far and that the commentators were saying the goal I scored in the final against Black Rhinos was the best of the tournament. It’s a motivation for me to keep working hard and proving my worth at the club,” she said.
Sundowns were ruthless through the COSAFA tournament winning all their five matches in the competition and scoring 22 goals.
Before she joined Celtic, Rabale was based in the United States of America (USA) where she played professional football for among others, the Lewis and Clark Trailblazers Community College team in Illinois State.
In Lesotho, the formidable striker used to play for the now defunct Likhosatsana FC whose status has since been bought by LDF Ladies FC.