Ethiopia defeated Botswana 1-0 today at Addis Ababa stadium to strengthen the lead at the top of group A for the 2014 world cup qualification that will be hosted in Brazil. The Ethiopian team also known as ‘Walya antelopes’ controlled the match for the majority game but was not able to break down a well-organized Botswana team. The man marking of the visitors was a challenge that the hosts failed to break until the dying minutes of the match. At the 89th minute Shimeles Bekele saw the run of fellow Getaneh Kebede and laid a splitting through ball for Getaneh who made no mistake in rounding the Botswana goalie to score the only goal of the game. Ethiopia now lead the group with 7 points while South Africa which defeated Central Africa Republic 2-0 at home a day earlier follow second with 5 points. Central Africa is third with 3 points and Botswana sit at the bottom with just one point. Next fixtures of the group sees Botswana take on Ethiopia at home and Central Africa Republic hosts South Africa on June 7, 2013.