A late second half goal from Robert Sankara was enough to earn Ea Lla Koto a second consecutive victory and their first win away from home
A dreary affair in Pretoria, Stars made the most of their opportunities in the second half and finally broke the deadlock on 76 minutes, thanks to Sankara's header.
Stars beat SuperSport United at home last week and backed-up that result with another three points to get their campaign back on track following successive defeats.
A slow start saw neither side giving much away, but Mpho Matsi gave Stars goalkeeper Ayanda Mtshali an early workout on 10 minutes.
The goalkeepers were mere spectators until the the half-hour mark, when Geofrey Massa blasted a free-kick at goal on the edge of the area.
Mtshali did brilliantly to get a fingertip to the shot and thwarted the Ugandan striker, who was licking his lips at the prospect of a set-piece in such a promising position.
If Massa’s effort was one worth noting, Moeketsi Sekola’s set-piece from more than 30-yards out was even better. The winger thundered an effort to what looked like the top corner, but AmaTuks goalkeeper Washington Arubi flew through the air and made a desperate but stunning save to deny Sekola.
Goalless at half-time, Ea Lla Koto looked the more dangerous outfit coming out into the second half. They opened up and played more freely, but a distinct lack of chances was costing the visitors.
Eventually, Stars took their chance and stole the lead through Sankara, who headed home well from a Stars corner on 76 minutes to hand the visitors the advantage late in the game.
The Free State side looked content just to sit back and defend their slender lead with a few minutes remaining on the clock, while AmaTuks struggled, like they had done throughout, to make any impression on their opposition.