Ajax Still in the Title Race, but Need Strikers

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BYLINE: JOHN GOLIATH

ALL is not lost for Ajax Cape Town after their 0-0 draw against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday left them three points adrift of SuperSport United, but the club might regret not making sufficient use of the transfer window that closes at 5pm today.

Although the Urban Warriors signed striker Stanton Lewis on loan from Ajax Amsterdam this week, they could have bolstered their strike force even more.

The Cape side have looked clueless in front of goal in their last three matches and are an ordinary side going forward without free-scoring striker Mabhudi Khenyeza.

They have failed to find the back of the net in their last three encounters and have only scored two goals in five league matches in 2009.

Ajax are now one of the big boys in the league and they can't only rely on their youth structures to bring success.

The partnership of Ghanaian Joseph Masel and Sifiso Vilakazi again flattered to deceive up-front on Saturday.

They don't seem to have a natural understanding and their play off the ball has been sluggish.

And, with a bench full of midfielders, the Cape side didn't really have the options to trouble the Amakhosi too much.

Ajax's best chances of the game came through the industrious Franklin Cale and Sameegh Doutie on the wings. Although some of their crossing let them down, they still delivered some telling balls into the area, which could not be converted into goals.

Ajax coach Craig Rosslee will be relieved to have Khenyeza back for Sunday's clash against bottom-of-the- log Bloemfontein Celtic at the Seisa Ramabodu Stadium in Bloemfontein.

Lewis will probably also make his second Ajax debut against the Free State side. His partnership with Khenyeza is a mouth-watering prospect.

"It's good to have (Khenyeza) back," Rosslee said.

"We have created a lot of chances in our last few matches, but we haven't scored. He brings that clinical edge and composure to the striking department. …