Mali proved too strong for Botswana as they overpowered them 2-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) second-round second-leg clash at the Stade 26 mars on Tuesday.
The Eagles scored their two goals through towering striker Cheick Diabate and bulky attacking midfielder Bakary Sako in the first-half which saw them progress 3-2 on aggregate.
The Zebras went into the encounter leading 2-1 on aggregate. Tapiwa Gadibolae and Joel Mogorosi had netted for Botswana, while Samba Sow grabbed Mali's consolation goal in the first-leg in Francistown.
It took only 10 minutes for the home side to break the deadlock. FC Girondins de Bordeaux centre foward Cheick Diabate put Mali in the lead from the spot-kick.
The Zebras backline was kept very busy and it did not come as a surprise when centre back Boitumelo Mafoko became the first player to be booked on the night in the 25th minute.
England-based attacking midfielder Bakary Sako doubled the Eagles' lead on the half-hour mark much to the delight of the home crowd inside a packed Stade 26 mars.
The home side managed to hold onto their lead until match referee Ali Lemghaifry blew the whistle to end the first-half which was dominated by the Eagles.
Zebras coach Peter Butler decided to pull out Police XI defender-cum-midfielder Tapiwa Gadibolae for South Africa-based striker Omaatla Kebatho at the beginning of the second-half.
The visitors tried to push hard for a consolation goal, but the Eagles stood firm and ultimately the match ended 2-0 in favour of Mali.
The Eagles emerged 3-2 winners on aggregate and they advanced to the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) third-round.
Mali 2 (Diabate 10', Sako 30')
Mali XI: Diakhite, Tamboura, Coulibaly, Sylla, Wague, Sako, Toure, Yatabare (Maiga 75'), Diaby, Coulibaly, Diabate (Sow 85').
Botswana XI: Dambe, Gadibolae (Kebatho 46'), Sosome, Mafoko, Gaolalwe, Nato, Ditsele, Seakanyeng (Boy 71'), Mogorosi (Tshireletso 71'), Ngele, Moyo.