SOUTH AFRICA – The South African national team will open the 2019 Africa Baseball Cup as the heavy favorites to advance to the WBSC Baseball Europe-Africa Qualifying Tournament. The six-team tournament will start on Wednesday, May 1, at the Boksburg City Stadium in Johannesburg.
South Africa will be joined by fledgling national teams from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
Head coach Neil Adonis’s squad will be led by Rowan Ebersohn, Robert Walker, Jared Elario and Lloyd Stevens. Adonis appeared in three games for South Africa at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Uganda outscored Tanzania and Kenya by a margin of 35 to 1 to win the Zone East Qualifier, and Burkina Faso outscored Nigeria and Ghana by a margin of 27 to 7 to capture first-place at the Zone West Qualifier.
The WBSC Baseball Europe-Africa Qualifying Tournament will be played in Italy (Parma and Bologna) from Sept. 18-22 with the winner qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
2019 Africa Baseball Cup
Wednesday, May 1
Burkina Faso vs Uganda
Kenya vs South Africa
Zimbabwe vs Nigeria
Thursday, May 2
Uganda vs South Africa
Burkina Faso vs Zimbabwe
Nigeria vs Kenya
Friday, May 3
South Africa vs Nigeria
Kenya vs Burkina Faso
Zimbabwe vs Uganda
Saturday, May 4
South Africa vs Burkina Faso
Nigeria vs Uganda
Kenya vs Zimbabwe
Sunday, May 5
Fifth-Place Game (No.5 vs No.6)
Third-Place Game (No.3 vs No.4)
Championship Game (No.1 vs No.2)
Photo: World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC)