Red-hot Boitumelo Rabale returns to training ahead of Durban Ladies clash

Fit-again Boitumelo ‘Queen’ Rabale has expressed her readiness for the Hollywoodbets Super League clash against Durban Ladies on Sunday, after being stretchered off in the dominant 3-2 win against JVW FC last time out.

Queen, who bagged a brace in the five-goal thriller, sustained a knee injury late on in the fierce battle against the Blue Diamonds. However, the fearless attacking midfielder, who also plays as a forward, has returned to full training which comes as a timely boost for Banyana Ba Style.

“The injury was not as severe as initially anticipated. I sustained a mild strain on my patella, but I am recovering well now, all thanks to the dedicated medical team. I can move my leg without any difficulty and kick the ball around easily. The team has been supportive, and I have been working hard with the physio to get back to full fitness. As a result, I am excited to return to match action against Durban Ladies,” Queen stated.

Rabale has enjoyed a blistering start to the season, thanks to 8 goals in 10 games so far. The sharpshooter, who delivered a stunning hat-trick against Durban Ladies last season, is eyeing a repeat of her incredible performance.

“Of course, scoring goals is my job as a forward, but I am also interested in helping my team push for the ultimate goal, which is to stay on top of the Hollywoodbets Super League standings. I remember my performance last season, and I know Durban Ladies will be keen to avoid a repeat. Nevertheless, I am ready to face them again, and if scoring opportunities present themselves, I will take advantage of them,” Boitumelo concluded.

Midfielder Khunjulwa Mali who also found the back of the net last season against the Durbanites is hoping for more this time around.

“Scoring goals is one of the key attributes of Sundowns Ladies, regardless of the position you play, because goals win you games. Ahead of Sunday’s game, we are determined to secure three points because that is what matters the most. Additionally, I would be happy to contribute more goals if opportunities arise during the game,” Khunjulwa stated.

Sundowns Ladies have dominated this fixture in recent times. Last season, the Brazilians registered a comprehensive 5-0 win at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban. Banyana Ba Style also won the return fixture 1-0, thanks to a solitary strike from Chantelle Esau. The season before that, Sundowns Ladies recorded a 3-1 away victory and a 3-0 home win over their opponents.

Durban Ladies currently find themselves in the eighth position on the log with 15 points after winning five games and suffering five losses. Last week, they went down 3-1 in an eThekwini Derby against Royal AM.

The Brazilians are currently placed second on the standings with 25 points, two points behind the table-topping University of the Western Cape (UWC).

The match between Mamelodi Sundowns Ladies and Durban Ladies is scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 30th, at the Tuks Stadium. The kick-off is set for 15h00.

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