Be Forward Wanderers were left frustrated after being held to a goalless draw at MDC Stadium by Azam Tigers in the TNM Super League.
The Blues were not at their fluent best but still created enough chances to have won the game.
Joseph Kamwendo was denied by a stunning Willima Thole save and Harry Nyirenda and Felix Zulu both went close.
The Nomads coach Yasin Osman cut a dejected figure on the touchline as he saw his side fail to win at home after going four games collecting maximum points.
In contrast, Osman , who confirmed after the game that they lost due to missing clear chances, milked the applause of his troops after they held on for a battling point.
The Nomads should have led when Felix Zulu picked out an advancing Tigers right defender, but his shot with the goalkeeper to beat went over the crossbar.
Tigers handed Luke Chima the mantle to lead the front line, but the striker found himself more occupied with helping out their overworked midfield as the Nomads got men behind the ball.
The Nomads tactic of fielding Rafiq Namwera and Alfred Manyozo on the midfield worked, for all their possession, Tigers were restricted to half-chances.
Peter Wadabwa scuffed a shot from outside the box and Chester could not apply the finish to a powerful run at the heart of Tigers defence.
Joseph Kamwendo’s persistence down the left led to a header over the bar from defender Peter Cholopi.
Lucky Malata saw a thumping header flash just wide of the post from a Kamwendo’s free-kick as the Nomads finished the half strongly.
They stepped up the pace after the break with Wadabwa seeing a deflected shot kept out by Thole’s chest.
The last half an hour saw Wanderers almost camped in half but they seemed to run out of attacking ideas.
Kamwendo pinched the ball off the head of Chester in front of goal and substitute Jimmy Zakazaka shot into the side-netting as Tigers clung on defiantly and Wanderers missed a chance to remain second on the log table.
Wanderers coach Yasin Osman said:
“We played 70% of the game in the opponent’s half and we tried several times to score but we missed four scoring clear chances.
“My players tried but it is not the day for us. Our commitment was magnificent. We’ve drawn once with four wins and It’s not bad is it .I’m delighted with the performance and we can go on from this.”