Super substitute Julius Kajembe handed Be Forward Wanderers a 1-0 TNM Super League win over Masters Security at the Balaka Stadium in on Saturday.
The victory brought relief to the Nomads, who almost gave up on maximum points as they waited until the dying minute to secure the important goal.
Both camps started the game on a high note, but the hosts showed danger when Peter Wadabwa weaved his way past a few defenders, yet he could not hit the target when his shot kissed the crossbar in the 16th minute.
The were no clear-cut chances after the 16th minute, but Joseph Kamwendo came close to scoring when his thunderous shot was saved by Chimwemwe Kunkwawa.
In the 20th minute, Masters nearly shocked the home team when Eneya Banda snaked through Lucky Malata and Dennis Chembezi only to shoot wide.
Right at the half-hour mark, the reigning league champions pushed for a goal and it was Isaac Kaliat who saw his miscued effort fail to trouble Kunkwawa.
Masters Security gave Richard Chipuwa something to worry about on the stroke of halftime, but the net minder was equal to the task.
It was 0-0 when the two teams were going on recess.
The Nomads came back from the tunnel chasing for a goal, but at the other end Kunkwawa produced a fine save to deny Joseph Kamwendo effort from a tight angle in the 63rd minute.
Two minutes later, Masters through Mphatso came close to finding the back of the net, but fired inches over Chipuwa’s crossbar.
Yasin Osman’s troops continued to take the game to Masters towards the final 10 minutes, but they could not penetrate the capital city based side, who defended very deep.
Both teams made changes, with the Nomads bringing in Julius Kajembe for Rafiq Namwera,while injured Precious Sambani paved the way for Francis Mulimbika.
With six minutes remaining, Alfred Manyozo jnr blasted his effort over the crossbar after a delightful pass from Kamwendo.
The Nomads continued to push and Kajembe would break the deadlock in the dying minute when he headed into Masters net.
However, Masters Security players surrounded the referee claiming the Nomads scored on an off-side position but their claims were quashed.
Six minutes were added after 90 minutes elapsed, but the Nomads defended in numbers until the last whistle to allow Nomads fans chant, ‘Ayilira ayilira.