Young Africans Serbian coach Konstadin Papic ruing missed opportunities that came their way during the first leg match of the CAF Champions League against visiting Zamalek of Egypt played at the National Stadium in Dare s Salaam a fortnight ago.
The coach said his team has been eliminated from the Champions League race but players put up a brave fight in the return leg played last Saturday in Egypt despite losing by a lone goal.
The coach said Zamalek advanced on the basis of luck and not competence as Yamga displayed superb football only to lose through bad luck.
The coach said had Yanga won the first leg where players threw overboard a number of scoring opportunities through profligacy, Zamalek would have been sent packing before their supporters in Cairo.
Papic praised his players for efforts to win the match though lady luck would not smile to them at the end. The coach said Yanga did not bow out easily as those who did not have an opportunity to watch the match’s television coverage.
"One team has to lose in competition but my players deserve a pat on their backs for the fight they put against the host side in Cairo", said Papic.
The coach said there is every need to respect the final results in football but Yanga remain a strong team so far.
Yanga now gear up for their Mainland premiership fixture against well drilled Azam FC at the national Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.
Papic remained optimistic over his team’s chanced to retain the title and bounce back into next year’s CAF Champions League for yet another attempt.
Yanga’s secretary general Celestine Mwesigwa thanked God the team has arrived home safely as they look forward to the premiership title race.
He refuted reports of Yanga’s intention to appeal against Zamalek for what transpired during the return leg match in Cairo.