South African Softball Women senior softball national team will begin a long road to 2020 Tokyo Olympics, when they play in the Africa Olympic qualifiers in Pretoria from Thursday until Sunday.

They will battle against seven other African countries Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

The matches will take place at Crafford stadium in Rietondale, Pretoria.

Softball SA President Mashilo Matsetela says the recently launched national league has prepared the players.

The top two teams in the qualifier will advance to the Europe/Africa qualifiers in Netherlands later this year.

The winner of Africa/Europe qualifiers will automatically qualify for the Olympics in Tokyo according to Matsetela. Report by Vincent Sitsula