It was a practice match made perfect when Luc Eymael’s charges narrowly beat newly-promoted National First Division side Maccabi FC 1-0 in a pre-season clash.
The goal came in the first stanza through Goodman Dlamini at the University of Pretoria grounds.
The match acted as a dress rehearsal for Ea Lla Koto ahead of the annual Bokone Bophirima Maize Cup that will be played this coming Saturday at the Orkney James Motlatsi Stadium.
The Bethlehem side impressed against the NFD newcomers with Harris Tchilimbou, Sinethemba Jantjie and company keeping the Maccabi keeper busy throughout the game.
Maccabi also had a few chances of their own in the closing stages but Stars keeper Samkelo Mbambo pulled out two brilliant saves to deny former Ea Lla Koto striker Madoda Motha.