Mehalalitoe captain-Boitumelo “Queen” Rabale has welcomed what she regarded as a tough draw for the upcoming COSAFA Women’s Championship set for South Africa after Lesotho was drawn against Zambia and Malawi in Group B on Thursday.

The 24-year-old, who was earlier this year crowned Junior College All-American and National Women’s Player of the Year, said the spirit is very high in their camp and they are all looking forward to the tournament billed for Nelson Mandela Bay early in November.

Rabale has the experience of playing in the regional Women’s Championship having featured for Lesotho in the 2011 and 2017 editions of the tournament and is adamant of a good showing in South Africa.

“It’s a fair group, I think. Zambia have done very well in recent editions of the tournament and might be a bit of a challenge,” Rabale said.

“However, there is a lot of positivity in our camp. I have a good feeling that we will do well and make our country proud.”

“Mehalalitoe”, as the Lesotho team is affectionately known, will get their campaign underway against 2019 finalist Zambia on November 4th Wolfson Stadium and will play Malawi three days later at the same venue.

South Africa beat Zambia 1-0 in the final of last year’s tournament to complete at hat-trick of COSAFA Women’s Championship titles in the last three years.

COSAFA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP POOLS
Group A

South Africa
Eswatini
Comoros
Angola

Group B
Zambia
Malawi
Lesotho

Group C
Zimbabwe
Botswana
Tanzania