Mali cruise to Botswana win
Mali have completed a comfortable 3-0 victory over Botswana in the first leg of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Bamako on Saturday.
The Maliens, who finished third at the 2012 finals in Equatorial Guinea and Gabon, will certainly expect to complete the job in the return fixture in Gaborone next month.
The Botswanans were simply outgunned and have recently battled to rediscover the form that took them to those 2012 finals.
Cheick Diabate put Mali ahead on 27 minutes from the penalty spot, before Tenima Enday added a second just before the hour mark.
That lead was made more comfortable by Modibo Maiga scoring again for the hosts 20 minutes before the end in what was ultimately a routine victory.