Rabale wins big

Rabale wins big
Rabale wins big

Africa-Press – Lesotho. Lesotho women’s team captain Boitumelo ‘Queen’ Rabale was the biggest winner at the Hollywoodbets Super League end of the season awards ceremony that was held in Sandton over the weekend.

Rabale walked away with the Player of the Season accolade along with M50 000 prize money as a reward for her outstanding performances throughout the season. She was competing with her teammate Bambanani Mbane and TUT’s Busisiwe Ndimeni for the award.

The 26-year-old attacking midfielder played a key role as Sundowns successfully defended their league title scoring 24 goals and narrowly missing out on the golden boot.

Sundowns Ladies, who are affectionately known as ‘Banyana Ba Style’, were ruthless all season winning 27 out of their 30 league games and scored 126 goals while they conceded just 13 goals.

The Mehalalitoe skipper has been in top form for both club and country in 2022, which earned her a place in the team of the tournament at the COSAFA Women’s Championship in September as well as the recent CAF Women’s Champions League played in Morocco.

However, her impressive form in the Champions league, where she scored three goals, were not enough as Sundowns lost their continental crown to ASFAR Club of Morocco.

“I’m very happy to have won this award because I have been working very hard throughout the season,” Rabale said.

“I think having a good pre-season with the club was a good foundation for me in having such a wonderful campaign. It’s the best reward for the hard work I put in throughout the season.

“I was hoping to get the top goal scorer award as well, but it was not easy because when we were playing Champions League, Nompumelelo Nyandeni, who eventually won the award was scoring, which I think worked in her favour and there was a lot of pressure to close the gap in our catch-up games.

Rabale’s performances in the just ended season are said to have attracted international scouts, but the talented midfielder says she is still happy at Sundowns unless a big offer comes her way.

“I’m happy at Sundowns but if a new challenge comes, I will grab it with both hands,” the Lesotho star said.

Her coach at Sundowns, Jerry Tshabalala, was among the winners at the awards walking away with the Coach of the Year accolade after leading the club to their second league title in a row.

The Goalkeeper of the Season award was won by Katleho Moletsane of Royal AM Ladies while Nthabiseng Majiya of Richmond United scooped the Young Player of the Season award. The Referee and Assistant referee of the Season accolades went to Hlonipha Msezane and Amogelang Msiza respectively.

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