Luc Eymael and his technical team have advanced the Free State Stars’ preparations for the new season with a win against Maccabi FC this week.
Ea Lla Koto are preparing to take part in the 2018 edition of the Maize Cup in the North West Province this weekend.
In their practice match against newly promoted NFD side Maccabi, Stars won 1-0 through Goodman Dlamini at the University of Pretoria grounds.
On Saturday, Stars will play in the second semi-final of the Maize Cup against Chippa United at 12h00.
Should they secure a win against the Chilli Boys, the Bethlehem side will potentially face Kaizer Chiefs in the final, if Amakhosi will have beaten ABC Motsepe League side, Buya Msuthu in their semi-final match to be played on Saturday morning at 10h00.
Stars have strengthened their team by adding Maboke Matlakala, Tshepo Tema, Ricardo Ndiki, Bongani Mbuli, Thabo Makhele, Mpho Maruping and Eleazar Rodgers to the squad.