Botswana end 11-year wait for Nations Championship victory

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Botswana ended an 11-year wait for an African Nations Championship (CHAN) victory when they beat the Seychelles 2-0 at home on Saturday in a qualifier for the 2020 edition.

After a goalless opening half in southeastern town Lobatse, Thatayaone Ditlhokwe put the Zebras ahead on 58 minutes.

Segolame Boy doubled the lead six minutes later to give Botswana a two-goal aggregate advantage ahead of the return match in the Seychelles during the weekend of May 10-12.

Botswana last won a qualifier in 2008 when they upset Zambia 1-0 at home only to suffer a heavy second-leg defeat and finish overall losers.

In another first round first leg, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Malawi drew 0-0 in a match in Manzini that produced few clearcut scoring chances.

The Nations Championship is a competition restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth, and unique to Africa.