By Moorosi Tsiane
Bloemfontein Celtic ladies skipper Boitumelo Rabale (21) is set to leave her Bloemfontein based outfit as she move to Lewis & Clark Community College in the United States of America for a two-year full athletic scholarship.
Queen as the Lesotho native is affectionately known in football circles is set to jet off to St. Louis on Thursday next week where she will join her Lesotho national teammate Senate Letsie.
The move was facilitated by the local development institute Kick4Life.
“I was very happy when Kick4Life broke the news to me because this to me is a dream come true,” said the gifted midfielder.
Rabale believes playing in United States will also help her in improving her football while at the same time she continues with her studies.
“I know I will be playing in College Leagues but I still believe it is a best move for me because it will help me to improve in terms of football on a new different environment.
“On the other hand I will be still continuing with my studies as I will be enrolling in department of general studies for an Associate Degree.”
Rabale will be the fifth Mosotho to go to US in an athletic scholarship under the Kick4Life flag after Likuena defender Thetsane Lesia, Morapeli Lesoetsa, ‘Mako Makonyane and Senate Letsie.
Rabale joined Celtic in 2016 and has helped the team to win two consecutive Sasol League National Championships in 2016 and 2017 and was also named Diski Queen of the tournament.
Kick4Life director of football Chris Bullock sang Rabale’s praises and said this will be indeed a good move for the star.
“She is a good player there is no doubt about that and I am happy that the move finally materialized after we have been trying to get her the scholarship in past years.
“She has been on intensive training for the past two months (June and July) trying to get her in shape before she depart,” said Bullock.
She trained alongside four other academy graduates in activities that include character development, intensive conditioning and technical training and tutoring of the current under-15 Academy players.