Dar es Salaam - Young Africans failed to capitalise on home ground advantage as they lost 1-0 to DR Congo's TP Mazembe in the Confederation Cup first leg at the National Stadium yesterday.
The defeat, the second for Yanga in two weeks, has put them a precarious position as they must win all their remaining mathes if they are to make it to the semi finals.
In their opening match, the Jangwani Street boys went down 1-0 to MO Bejala of Algeria in Algiers on June 17.
They will swing back into action on July 15 against Medeama of Ghana at the National Stadium. The return leg will take place in Accra on July 26.
On August 13, the Mainland giants will confront Mo Bejaia in the return leg clash at the National Stadium before facing TP Mazembe in Lubumbashi, DR Congo ten days later.
Yanga made a bright start in the thrilling and well-attended match yesterday, but lack of concentration cost them dearly.
They have themselves to blame as they crated many chances.
Juma Abdul almost scored the match-opener for then hosts four minutes into the game after a one-two with Juma Mahadhi, but his shot went wide.
TP Mazembe goalkeeper Sylvain Guelassiongnon denied Yanga three minutes later when he cleverly cleared a Thabani Kamusoko's free kick.
In the ninth minute, Yanga fluffed another opportunity when Mahadhi, playing his first international match, broke through but hiw shot went a few centimetres wide.
Another chance for Yanga to break the stalemate came in the 34th minute when their Zimbabwean forward Donald Ngoma shot wide after he was set up by Juma Abdul.
TP Mazembe took command of the game in 42nd through Thomas Ulimwengu whose went wide.
TP Mazembe started the second half with bang and created many clear chances, but Young Africans defense was very keen to clear most of the clear chances. Ulimwengu was the most dangerous man for Young defense and defenders, Kelvin Yondani and Vincent Bossou struggled to stop him.
The Congolese celebrated their lone goal in the 74th through Merveille Bope who following melee following well take free kick by Adama Traore. Yanga head coach Hans Van Pluijm said he was sad with the defeat.
Source: The Citizen