TNM Super League leaders Be Forward Wanderers opened a five-point gap at the summit of the log table after a 2-0 win over Ntopwa at Kamuzu Stadium Sunday.
In-form hitman Babatunde Adepoju and Mike Kaziputa scored a goal in each half to help Wanderers enhance their chances of finishing the first round campaign at the top.
The win took the Nomads to 33 points from 14 games where as second-placed Kamuzu Barracks (KB) have 28 points from 13 games.
The soldiers can overtake Wanderers only if they win their two remaining games and hope that Wanderers draw or lose their last game against Moyale.
The Lali Lubani Road side made three changes to the team that beat Tigers 2-1 last week, with Babatunde, Francis Mkonda and Kaziputa starting whereas Francesco Madinga was on the bench alongside Joseph Kamwendo.
Kaziputa gave Wanderers the lead with a powerful shot in the 17th minute.
Wanderers bossed play but failed to turn their chances into goals as Richard Chimbamba stood firm between the sticks.
In the second half, Kamwendo made his first appearance following his return from South Africa and was given a standing ovation.
Babatunde scored the second goal in added time to take his tally in the elite league to 12 goals.
Ntopwa Technical Director, Isaac ‘Jomo’ Osman, said, despite the loss, he was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We are lacking experience but the boys did well,” Osman said.
With a game to go before winding up their first round assignments, Ntopwa are in the relegation zone with 10 points.
Wanderers Coach, Bob Mpinganjira, described the game as tough and congratulated his charges for winning.
“This was a tough match and we are happy with the result. We are determined to complete our first round matches on top,” Mpinganjira said.
In other games, Mzuni and Karonga drew 0-0 while Silver Strikers beat Mlatho Mponela 2-1 at Silver Stadium.
The win has seen Silver moving up to third, tied on 28 points with second-positioned KB.