Men’s Softball World Cup Africa qualifiers set to open in Pretoria, South Africa

The Men's and U-23 World Cup qualifiers for the African continent will both take place in Pretoria.

Host South Africa and Kenya will open tomorrow (8 February) a five-game series in Pretoria for the honour of being the first qualified nation for the WBSC U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup, which is scheduled for 22-30 October in Parana, Argentina. The series will also crown the first-ever U-23 Men’s Softball African champion.

Kenya and South Africa will open the continental championship/World Cup qualifier with a pair of games on Tuesday, at 10:00 and 14:00 (local time) and close the series with three games on Wednesday (at 9:00, 12:00 and 15:00).

In the main event, three teams will compete in the men's qualifier/African championship. The winner will represent Africa at this year's WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, scheduled for 26 November to 4 December in Auckland, New Zealand. 

Botswana, Kenya and South Africa will start with a double-round-robin (Thursday and Friday). The top team in the standings will advance directly to the final on Saturday at 15:00, while second- and third-place teams will face off in the semi-finals at noon on Saturday.

South Africa is the current No.10 in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings, ahead of No. 18 Botswana. Kenya will earn its first-ever ranking points after these two events and will enter the Men’s Softball World Rankings for the first time in history.

In 2019, South Africa defeated Botswana, 4-2, the final of the African Men’s Softball Championship, with Lesotho finishing in third place. South Africa finished in 12th place in the last WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, while Botswana finished 14th.