28 August 2019 – Head coach of the Sasol-sponsored Banyana Banyana Desiree Ellis has admitted that with the African slots reduced to one a half for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, it will make life difficult for all teams on the continent to qualify for the event.

South Africa starts their journey with a clash against neighbours Botswana.

The first leg second round qualifier will be played on Friday, 30 August 2019 in Gaborone, Botswana.

The return leg will be played at the Dobsonville Stadium on Tuesday, 3 September.

Kickoff is at 19h00.

The return match is scheduled for Tuesday, 3 August 2019 at the Dobsonville Stadium.

Kickoff is at 19h00.

In the third round, the overall winner will face the victors of the clash between Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe and South Africa were Africa’s representatives at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Cameroon, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Nigeria are the only African nations to ever play in the Women’s Olympic tournament.

Only one and a half spots are available for the African continent – so the runner up will face Chile in a play-off match.

Here’s is what Banyana Banyana head coach Desiree Ellis had to say: