Born in Qoaling, Maseru in Lesotho Boitumelo Rabale (23) who is well know as “Queen” to her peers, grew up playing football with boys. This was not in vain as she later got an opportunity to play for Bloemfontein Celtics ladies in South Africa and later secured a scholarship to the United States.
“It was a great privilege to play for Celtic because it is one of the biggest clubs in South Africa, I didn’t just play for Celtic, I also captained the team for two seasons when I was with them,” said Rabale.
She also led the Bloemfontein team to an unprecedented two consecutive Sasol National Championships and bagged the Diski Queens as well as Young Player Of The Tournament accolades in the process.
The striker got an opportunity of a lifetime when Kick4life secured her a full scholarship at Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey Illinois, United States. Where she will be graduating with an Associates Degree in May.
“Playing in the collegiate level has been different in that the football culture is very different from any places I’ve played before. I got an opportunity to learn different playing styles from different coaches. This helped grow my football significantly,” Rabale said.
She was named the National Junior College Women’ Soccer Player of the Year by United Soccer Coaches, which she says has been her biggest achievement in her football career yet.
“I was so excited, that was the biggest award in my football career, I still don’t believe I won, I still don’t believe I lead the nation with goals, assists and points,” she added.
Rabale has always believed that she will play football professionally and also get an opportunity to play abroad. She thanks Kick4life for making her dream come true.
“Kick4Life does not only focus on football. There are numerous benefits Kick4Life beneficiaries have access to; for example, there are Character Development and Tutoring sessions available at Kick4Life Center. These different activities help with the overall livelihoods of all those that are part of the organisation and beyond especially girls by empowering women and youth on and off the pitch. The aim for Kick4Life is to ensure that all beneficiaries reach their highest potential utilizing football to open those doors,” Rabale added.
She believes that current state of women’s football in Africa is improving, as more and more players go out and play abroad, soon the continent will have national teams that will reach World Cup finals.
“The stateof football is improving in Africa. As players go abroad and do well while playing for big clubs, it will enhance the talent of African players which will in turn elevate the standard of African national teams. Soon Africa will have more representation in the major tournament including the World Cup and Olympics,” she added.
She says her advice to young girls who dream of becoming professional football players is to live their passion.
“To young girls out there, live your passion, do what you love. If you love something, you will not care about the sacrifices, you will do whatever it takes to achieve it.” she concluded.
This Article forms part of our weekly offering of the life and times of female footballers plying their trade in various countries abroad