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TANZANIA soccer suffered first setback when Premier League champions Young Africans crashed out of the African Champions League today after losing 1-0 on the road to Saint Eloi Lupopo of DR Congo.

After losing the first leg 3-2 at home, the Kostadin Papic’s side needed to score at least 2 goals in return leg in Lubumbashi to have any chance of advancing to the next round but failed to find the back of the net in the 90 minutes.

Instead, the Tanzanian representatives, who fought bravely for most part of the game, were downed by Kayembe Muyaya’s solitary strike in the 76th minute.

FC Lupopo cruised to the next round on a 4-2 aggregate. Papic had vowed that his team would fight tooth and nail to overturn the first leg defeat, but he was brought down by his team’s lack of the killer’s instincts in front of their opponent’s goal.

Speaking from Lubumbashi, Yanga spokesperson said they could have won the match if their strikers had been careful with a host of chances they created during the match.

“We had a good game and the team showed a lot of improvement if you compare the game to our performance in the first leg. We had so many chances to score goals, especially in the first half but we couldn’t take them and that cost us. To say the least, we’re unlucky today.”

Boasting one of the expensive squad in the East Africa region, and arguably paying some of the best salaries, the Mainland champions had high hopes for success in this year's continental club extravaganza.

But this elimination marks the second year in a row in which the Tanzanian double champions, have failed to meet the expectations — that is to qualify to the group stage of Africa's biggest club competition.

The previous campaign saw Yanga, then under Dusan Kondic, dislodged in the second round by Egyptians, Al-Ahly. Poor preparation cost the team and they should look forward to the 2011 season as the defeat at this stage meant they cannot play in the Confederation Cup.

Normally, losers in the championship’s third round are given the privilege to compete in the continent’s second tier. Following Yanga’s elimination, the hopes of most Tanzania soccer fans now rest on Simba, the country’s flag bearers in the Confederation Cup, who kick off their campaign at the first round, next month after being given bye in the preliminary.

Meanwhile, Tunisian duo, Esperance and Club African reached the 1/16th stage of the Orange CAF Champions League after narrow wins in the second leg matches of the preliminaries on Friday.

Esperance beat East End Lions of Sierra Leone 3-2 in Rades, whilst Club Africain managed a lone goal victory over Nigerien champions, Sahel FC in Tunis. Esperance, African champions 16-years ago cruised on a 5-4 aggregate, where as Club Africain soldiered on the away-goal rule after both legs was tied 2-2.

Elsewhere, former Libyan champions, Ahly Tripoli cruised to the next round of the Orange CAF Confederation Cup with a 2-0 victory over AS Coton of Chad in a second leg preliminary clash on Friday in Tripoli.

The 10-time Libyan League winners advanced 2-0 on aggregate after holding the Chadia

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