All three goals of Tuesday’s Group A encounter came in the opening 40 minutes of the game as Mali had a penalty saved in the second-half and Namibia hitting the post.
Tunisia earned their place at the Nations Cup finals despite being held in Dar es Salaam by hosts Tanzania.
Meanwhile, Sudan scored a last-gasp winner to edge past visiting Ghana in Group C of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on Tuesday, which means that Ghana will have to wait to qualify for the finals having started the day knowing a draw would see them progress.
Tuesday’s two games in Group L failed to produce a single goal as Nigeria were once again held by Sierra Leone.
The Leone Stars had pulled off a remarkable comeback on Friday to come from four goals down to earn a 4-4 draw.