YOUNG Africans said professional mistake was the reason behind the quick goal they conceded barely three minutes after taking a lead in their 1-1 draw with Biashara United at CCM Kirumba Stadium in Mwanza on Monday.
The league leaders were held to a 1-1 draw by the well-organised Biashara United as the former just needed three points from their four remaining matches to officially win this season's league throne.
Fiston Mayele scored his 14th league goal to equal Geita Gold's striker George Mpole as the duo keep chasing for the glittering golden boot at the end of the campaign.
On the other hand, the solitary goal for Biashara United was converted by Collins Opare whose composure in Yanga's box enabled him to beat Abutwalib Mshery who replaced the first choice goalie, Djigui Diarra on the day.
It was the seventh draw for Yanga in the ongoing campaign as they extended their unbeaten run to 26 matches and they seem keen to wrap up the season without a loss.
For Biashara United, the draw was a setback for them as they stay glued to 14th slot on the table with 24 points after playing 25 games, hence they not completely safe for the relegation danger.
"We could have finished the game in the first half as we missed about three to four clear chances that is why in the second half, our opponents came with confidence as they believed that they could disappoint us.
"After scoring the opener goal, we committed a professional mistake as we let them equalise while having only two players in our box. This mistake should happen to youth teams because we must learn how to defend well after scoring," said the team's Assistant Coach Cedric Kaze.
His counterpart for Biashara United Vivier Bahati hailed the mental strength of his players for playing and equalising shortly after conceding the goal.
"I can say the mental strength of my players was great as they executed well what we trained prior to the match. In the second half, we made a couple of fruitful substitutions which benefited us a lot as we were able to win most of the midfield battles," he narrated.
Elsewhere on Monday, Dodoma Jiji defeated on m form Namungo 1-0 at Jamhuri Stadium in Dodoma courtesy of a 24th minute penalty by Hamis Mcha which stood till the end of the game.
Namungo's stumble has since intensified the top three finish race which has turned out to be an interesting battle as no team is guaranteed to end on third place until now.