Simba SC dropped points in their second league outing after settling for a 1-1 draw with Mtibwa Sugar at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro.
The 21-time league champions started the season on a high, defeating promoted Ihefu 2-1 and were aiming at continuing in winning ways over their hosts who were held to a goalless draw by Ruvu Shooting at the same venue.
The Sugar Millers have not had a good record against their opponents, having collected just two wins from their last 20 meetings, losing 13 and drawing five.
Wekundu wa Msimbazi had decent chances in the first half but still failed to beat the opposing team.
However, just moments prior to the half-time break, it all changed in favour of the Msimbazi-based charges.
Concentration lapses allowed the visitors into the danger zone moments, and former Sugar Miller Mzamiru Yassin took full advantage of the chance to ensure the team went to the break with a lead.
The defenders failed to tame the 24-year-old, allowing him into the danger zone and he unleashed a fierce shot which the goalkeeper failed to keep out.
Ugandan striker Boban Bogere Zirintusa needed just two minutes after the break to level proceedings and ensure the champions failed to keep a clean sheet for the second time in as many games.
In an earlier match, Dodoma Jiji FC once again showed they mean business after humbling JKT Tanzania 2-0 to get their second win in their debut season in the league.
After a goalless first half, the Dodoma-based charges needed just five minutes in the second to hit the back of the net. Jamal Sudi Mtegeta was fed in the danger zone, the goalkeeper made wrong calculations and the forward rounded him before scoring from a tight angle.
The second goal came from former Gor Mahia and Alliance FC striker Dickson Ambundo, who capitalized on a defensive mistake to loop the ball past the helpless custodian who remained glued to the ground.
Meanwhile, KMC maintained their spot on top of the table after a 2-1 win against Tanzania Prisons.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 21st minute courtesy of Hassan Kabunda. However, Tanzania Prisons equalized in the 39th minute through Kassimu Mdoe before Kenneth Masumbuko hit the winner with five minutes to go.