Towering forward Babatunde Adepoju’s priceless 74th minute strike against Mighty Tigers at Mulanje Park yesterday, took Be Forward Wanderers back to the top of the TNM Super League.
Following the victory, the Nomads have 30 points from 13 matches in the 16-team league.
The Nigerian forward has now taken his tally to 11 and relief was the prevalent emotion among the Nomads faithful who feared a third successive league draw.
Babatunde had earlier on been denied by the woodwork as did his striking partner Zicco Mkanda in a space of five minutes as desperation took its toll on the Lali Lubani Road side.
Wanderers were on Saturday displaced from the pinnacle by Kamuzu Barracks (KB), albeit temporarily, after the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) side played out a goalless draw against Civil Sporting Club.
KB now trail the Nomads by two points on second position.
The Nomads surged ahead through Peter Kasonga, who punished his former team after being put through by Mkanda.
However, the Kau-Kau Boys cancelled the lead through Chikaiko Batson from a free-kick.
Wanderers head coach Bob Mpinganjira was happy with the win, saying: “After two successive draws against Silver [Strikers] and Nyasa Big Bullets, we needed to win this match. Tigers were a tough side, but we managed to unlock their defence.@
Tigers technical director Robin Alufandika said his players failed to utilise the good chances they created.
“The boys tried, but the bottomline is that we have lost. I am sure we could have done better,” he said.
Tigers have finished the first round with 19 points from 15 matches.
At Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre, a penalty converted at the dot of half time by Khuda Muyaba against rookies Ntopwa FC ensured that Silver returned to the capital city with three points.
It was a solace for the Central Bankers, who suffered a 3-1 loss at the hands of champions Nyasa Big Bullets the previous afternoon.
In other matches, TN Stars dislodged champions Nyasa Big Bullets from the third place following a one-all draw against Karonga United. They have 27 points from 15 games while Bullets are fourth with 26 points from 14 matches.
Blue Eagles drew two-all draw against hosts Masters Security to maintain fifth position while Moyale Barracks beat Mlatho Mponela 2-1.