MEHALALITOE skipper, Boitumelo Rabale, says she has settled in well at her new base team in the United States of America where she is on an academic and sports scholarship at the Lewis & Clark Community College.
The talented left footer left the country in August this year and has already scored once while she has made 19 assists in nine matches that she has played in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) League.
The former Bloemfontein Celtic attacker recently told the Sunday Express that she was settling in well in her new home and also adapting well to the new playing style.
“Everything is going on all for me and also the environment is good,” Rabale said.
“The players here are very supportive and there are also other people from different countries.
“I have also been working to adapt to the new playing style which is more physical than back home.”
The 21-year-old Rabale is the fifth Mosotho to be granted an opportunity to play soccer and study in the US by Kick4Life after Lesia Thetsane, ‘Mako Makoanyane, Morapeli Lesoetsa and Senate Letsie.
Both Thetsane and Makoanyane left in 2016 for State Fair Community College while Lesoetsa and Letsie followed a year later and went to Lewis & Clark Community College for two years.
Rabale however, said she is struggling to keep pace with the workflow as she is not used to playing back to back matches.
“Here we play twice a week and that strains me because I was not used to it. Fatigue is the main problem but we have been working hard with the technical team to ensure that I keep in shape. Apart from the fatigue, I am impressed with my performance,” Rabale said.
Rabale who is in the department of general studies reading for an Associate Degree said her target is now to ensure that she helps her team to qualify for the nationals when the league ends next month.
“We played some big teams in the preseason and I realised that we have a strong team that can compete in any tournament so the focus now is to see that we win the league and qualify for the nationals which are played by winners of the regions.
“I haven’t decided where I want to go from here because I want to focus on my time here and will only start thinking about my next move after my two years,” Rabale said.