Me­ha­lal­i­toe star in dream move to Celtic

Lesotho Times - - Sport - Mikia Kalati

Le­sotho’s top fe­male foot­baller, Boi­tumelo ‘Queen’ Ra­bale, is set to join Bloem­fontein Celtic’s ladies side in Jan­uary next year.

Ra­bale has al­ready played friendlies for the Free state Prov­ince sa­sol League gi­ants but can only be reg­is­tered for com­pet­i­tive matches when the trans­fer win­dow opens in Jan­uary.

the 18-year-old, who is now study­ing at Motheo Fet Col­lege in Bloem­fontein, plays for Likhosat­sana Foot­ball Club here in Le­sotho and scored 20 goals in eight matches this sea­son.

Likhosat­sana Foot­ball Club owner, Ket­se­bile Phatšoane, said she was very happy for the Qoal­ing-born Ra­bale, who has also cap­tained the na­tional team, Me­ha­lal­i­toe, de­spite her young age.

“she had left the coun­try to study in Bloem­fontein, but be­cause she is very ta­lented, Celtic of­fi­cials were im­pressed when they saw her in ac­tion. that’s how this move came,” Phatšoane said.

“this is a proud mo­ment for us as a club and the girl. she proved her tal­ent here at home where she was the top scorer with 20 goals in eight matches. such a phe­nom­e­nal scor­ing record can only mean she is a spe­cial tal­ent.”

Former Le­sotho Women’s Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent, Maleshoane Mokhathi, says Ra­bale de­serves a big move to south Africa as she is very ta­lented.

“she has made us very proud and I be­lieve there is more to come from her be­cause she is very ta­lented,” Mokhathi said.

“I think this is an in­di­ca­tion that women’s foot­ball has the po­ten­tial to go places be­cause we are blessed with good qual­ity.

“the good thing is that she is still young and I have no doubt Celtic have scored big with this girl.”

Mokhathi fur­ther told the Le­sotho Times that women’s foot­ball needs more sup­port and the play­ers en­cour­age­ment to do bet­ter.

“she won’t be the only woman from our coun­try play­ing in south Africa as we have other ladies play­ing for Amazulu.

this shows there is great po­ten­tial among the fe­male foot­ballers, but with­out sup­port, this tal­ent will be wasted,” said Mokhathi.

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