Botswana ended an 11-year wait for an African Nations Championship (CHAN) victory when they beat the Seychelles 2-0 at home in a qualifier for the 2020 edition.
After a goalless opening half in 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 10-12 May.
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 on Saturday, eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Malawi drew 0-0 in a match in Manzini that produced few clear-cut scoring chances.
The African Nations Championship is a competition restricted to locally-based players and is unique to Africa.