Poor finishing cost Yanga the chance to move closer to second place as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Ruvu Shooting at the Uhuru stadium, Dar es Salaam.
The results leaves Yanga third at the table with 52 points, while Ruvu Shooting remain eighth with their 37 points.
The Jangwani club have struggled for form since the departure of their former head coach George Lwandamina have won just once in the past eleven games in all competitions.
In the match, Yanga played without a recognized striker following the injury of Obrey Chirwa, Amiss Tambwe and Donald Ngoma.
The move did not seemed to favor them as they struggled to put the ball in the net after creating a series of clear opportunities.
However, the return of their key midfielder Papy Tshishimbi helped them a lot as they managed to control the tempo of the game from the beginning.
Yanga headed into the game knowing that a win will help them get closer to Azam ahead of their final game which will decide who finishes in second place between the two teams.
The much improved Yanga went ahead through Matheo Anthony who was found by Thaban Kamusoko following a good team move.
The goal did not last long as Hamis Mcha equalized through the spot kick after Yanga’s defender Abdallah Shaibu “Ninja” handled the ball in the penalty area.
Yanga restored their lead through young star Maka Edward in the 43th minute. Two minutes after the restart, Issa Kandulu equalized to make the tie even tougher for both sides.
Kamusoko and Pius Buswita went close to snatching a win for the Jangwani club only to see their efforts hit the post.
Yanga will now need to beat Azam in their final game on May 28 in order to finish the league in second place.