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Posted: 16 April 2008 Time: 17:23

Ajax Cape Town's League title challenge suffered yet another setback as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Free State Stars at the Welkom Rugby Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

The Urban Warriors had their fair share of chances in an entertaining game, but had to wait until 20 minutes from time before they could cancel out Stars' early goal.

The visitors were put onto the back foot as early as the fourth minute when Jimmy Kauleza blasted Stars ahead with a shot from the lefthand side of the penalty area.

Ajax tried in vain to level matters as Granwald Scott made inroads into the Stars defence, but his crosses to Nhlanhla Shabalala in the sixth minute and to Nathan Paulse in the ninth minute were both saved by goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

Some determined defending by Ea Lla Koto then saw Collins Chabalala block Eyong Ehoh's shot in the 14th minute, before Eduardo Ferreira went wide with a header for the Cape side four minutes later.

After weathering the storm from Ajax, Stars went in search of an insurance goal which saw Motseothata November's shot being blocked by Ferreira, while Prince Olomu's 20-yard effort was saved by keeper Hans Vonk.

Moses Mbuyane had another good chance for the hosts in the 32nd minute but shot wide after being supplied by Kauleza, while for Ajax, Shabalala headed wide of goal from Bageta Dikulu's 38th minute free-kick.

Further chances fell to Stars when Mbuyiselo Sambu failed to hit the target from close-range, and then Kauleza had his free-kick tipped round the upright by Vonk in the 43rd minute.

Ajax enjoyed the first two chances after the restart when Mfundo Shumana had his shot blocked by Sipho Nkosi and then Dikulu sent his free-kick sailing over the bar in the 52nd minute.

Stars replied with a few opportunities of their own, but Olomu failed to induce a save from Vonk with his shot, while Mbuyane headed over the bar in the 59th minute and missed the target in the 67th minute.

The Urban Warriors finally got the equaliser they desperately sought when Shumana slotted home a 12-yard angled shot with his left foot in the 69th minute.

Following the equaliser, both sides had their moments in attack, however the only chance to snatch a winner fell to Stars' Matoma Madimabe three minutes before time, but he sent his shot from the edge of the area wide of the target.

The result leaves the Cape Town side on 44 points, three adrift of league pace-setters Supersport United, with both sides having played 25 matches. Santos have 42 points from 35 games.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:41 pm
The experience is showing now when it matters most.First of all Ajax does not have an experienced coach who can change things when he needs he came in this game with the same approach he was using in the previous games and its not working.i said so that supersport have an edge against ajax because they have depth and experienced coach.better luck next time Craig but definitely not this season.Unfortunately.
Anonymous
posted: 06:11 pm
I think the young stars of Ajax are CRACKING like ARSENAL's young stars. I tend to believe that majority of the young stars will not win the league and it has been proven many times.
Anonymous
posted: 06:59 pm
what is it that can be written about pirates that is good..they arent winning games,but all they can do is atleast steal the show on bribery issue..cause that all can be said about pirates..soccer critics what do you want them to say man..tel them what to say may be they will write it
Anonymous
posted: 08:11 pm
Sorry Soccer critics but if u can't beat them join them. Next time buddy that's how it works. If you score positive points u wil see positive report and vise versa. Anyway let me congratulate supersport for leading the league with 3 points now. I wish Thomas can touch the league Cup after serving this team for long time with different coaches
Anonymous
posted: 09:41 pm
I'm so surprised by your statement Soccer critics,Pirates has never done anything positive recently. Whatever Kickoff is publishing is what is happenning and they cannot creat positive stories about you team if there is none otherwise you will be the first one again to accuse them of telling lies.
Anonymous
posted: 08:48 am
why kick-off report negative things about pirates? they were previously crowned Africa's campions in 1995, but u only report bad things, they have one of the best development structure in SA football, why don't u credit them guys. stop being like SABC reporting good things about state while people are in hell.
Anonymous
posted: 08:53 am
congradulatioins to the brazilians!! they are a team of the moment. hope the will offer Mr Moloto a contract as he has show the world what he can do as far as the coaching is concern. Good luck Trapatol
Anonymous
posted: 09:12 am
experience is once again, proving to be one of the vital factors for a football team that is to challenge for honours. remember at pirates during the Papic era.
Mabhiza
posted: 09:20 am
Forget about league title Ajax
Anonymous
posted: 10:20 am
MTN Has Bad Luck........
MTN Left Downs Then Downs Started Winning
MTN Joined AJAX Then AJAX Started Loosing....

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Anonymous
posted: 02:01 pm
It seems Paulse dictates to the midfield to attack on the wings so that he can score by headers from their crosses. This limited the teams creatibility in the first half. I don't see Ajax finish the race as champions. Santons, please stand up to be counted!
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