AFTER being held to a 1-1 draw by KMC, Young Africans caretaker coach Juma Mwambusi conceded that some of his players played poorly to produce unconvincing results in their mainland Premier League match on Saturday.
The two sides met at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in Dar es Salaam over the weekend to battle for the vital three points but ended up sharing spoils.
The outcome saw Yanga reaching 51 points at the top of the league table from 24 games, giving a hard way for their title race. Their big threat towards clinching the title are the current defending champions Simba who are now on third slot on the table with 46 points from 20 encounters as they have four games in hand to play.
"I have to admit that some of our players performed below what we expected and this to a big event led to poor results since our intention was to grab all three points. "What we prepared during training sessions was not what we saw in the pitch, but this usually happens bearing in mind that a game of football is unpredictable," he said.
Mwambusi has however vowed to correct all the displayed mistakes ahead of the approaching matches in the league insisting that they have enough room to get back on the track. "The main challenge I have seen is that we lack efficiency when it comes to putting the ball behind the net and this is exactly the area we need to work hard on," he narrated.
His counterpart for KMC Habibu Kondo said they deserved to win the match from many wasted goal scoring opportunities during the match.
"Before the game, in the camp, we had a big pressure to play lungs out not to lose the game since we lost our first match of the season against them. "This caused panic to the players that is why they were losing focus in many occasions," said him.
KMC are comfortable on the league table as they sit on sixth slot with 36 points from 25 outings as such, they are assured to appear in the contest next season. Up next for Yanga, they will host Biashara United, Gwambina and Azam in their three consecutive league matches to be played this month at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium in the city.
Yanga have had a poor performance, resulting to their unpleasant results despite leading the table. Yanga, apart from losing one match, have had a series of draws including that with Polisi Tanzania as they drew 1-1. The same results also pitted against Mbeya City and Tanzania Prisons.
They also drew 3-3 with Kagera Sugar.