Botswana beat Guinea Bissau 2-0 in a 2015 Africa Cup second round, first leg qualifier at the National Stadium in Gaboroneon Saturday afternoon.
A brace by Lemponye Tshireletso gave The Zebras a crucial first leg victory at home to take into the return leg in Bissau to be played during the weekend of August 2.
The Mochudi Centre Chiefs midfielder put Botswana in the lead in the 27th minute with a close range shot and added the Zebras’ final goal six minutes before halftime when he fired in the ball from outside the box.
However, Botswana's real hero on the day was Platinum Stars goalkeeper Kabelo Dambe who made several daring saves to deny Guinea Bissau a vital away goal.
Winner over both legs will face Tunisia in a Group G opening game away in Tunis during the weekend of September 6.
Senegal and seven-time champions Egypt are the other teams in a tough Group G.